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Louise McNaught - Renewal


Original painting

Oil, acrylic iridescent and spray paint on canvas

Original Artwork
Size W80 x H80cm
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This piece is celebrating and drawing attention to the iridescent beauty of the stag beetle, and it's traditional symbolism. The stag beetle (scarab) in ancient Egyptian symbolism was called Keph-ra. He was the 'Egyptian god of midnight who bears the sun through the underworld'. In Egyptian cosmology, the beetle represents the concept of nonexistence coming into existence. Egyptian belief is that the scarab is a symbol of life beyond the grave, it thus represents immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection.

Artwork in situ is not to exact scale. 

About Artist

Louise McNaught completed her Fine Art Degree BSc (Hons) in 2012 at the University of Greenwich, and she has continued to work as a professional artist ever since, with international representation. She also became a published Author in 2018. Her artwork has also been featured in art fairs in Milan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Brussels and all over the UK.

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Louise‘s creations feature nature and animals, where the animals are God-like, sublime and ethereal in their presence and depiction. McNaught's work is motivated by emotive and spiritual experiences which has manifested in a mixed-media approach. Her soft style suggests a delicate relationship between nature and ourselves, making a clear point about man's destruction of nature, which flutters jewel-like in the balance. When focusing on endangered species the imagery often takes on a duality of not only what is happening to the animal itself, but also reflects how we feel psychologically about the effect the human race is having on these species.

Her focus on endangered species has manifested in a book called 'Survival', which Louise created with worldwide publishers Big Picture Press in September 2018. The idea came from the Solo Show Louise was doing with George Thornton Gallery in 2016, also called 'Survival'. The book shows 20 endangered animals painted by McNaught, with facts about the animals plight and conservation efforts. 'Survival' is sponsored by the well-known charity with proceeds of the book going toward helping their cause.

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