Neo-Decadent

The Art and Opinions of Heidi Celeghin, Aesthete

Tiger Painting

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This is a 8×8 inch commissioned painting I did of a tiger:

 

Tiger

Tiger

It is the first of a series of three animal paintings.

I am drawn to early 19th-century European tiger paintings, such as Eugène Delacroix’s A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother (1830).

 

A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother

A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother

For the landscape, I was inspired by early paintings of Brazil such as Frans Post’s Franciscan Monastery of Igaraszo in the Brazilian Landscape (1640).

 

Franciscan Monastery of Igaraszo in the Brazilian Landscape

Franciscan Monastery of Igaraszo in the Brazilian Landscape

 

Another painting of note is Brazilian artist’s Juan Leon Palliere’s Landscape of the Jungle of the Argentine Missiones Province (1864).

 

Landscape of the Jungle of the Argentine Missiones Province

Landscape of the Jungle of the Argentine Missiones Province

 

 

There is something unknown and unknowable in the jungle-scapes of these paintings.  I was drawn to that emotion and placed it into my own painting’s landscape.  I look back at a time when much of the world was unexplored or in the process of being explored.  There is something simultaneously seductive and dangerous in that uncertainty.

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Author: Heidi Celeghin

ARTIST’S STATEMENT The theories guiding my art practice are largely defined by my academic background in Decadence and Aestheticism. I am concerned with the status of the image: seductive, unknowable, dangerous, and immortal. The image exists in a liminal space between illusion and reality, lies and truths, life and death. As such, the image represents the sublime. Once created, the image exists beyond the artist – it grows independently from the artist and is constantly being recreated. On the one hand, it captures a single, exquisite moment in time and therefore holds the valence of stasis and death. On the other hand, the image’s perpetual recreation means that it captures the myriad of experiences Walter Pater discusses in the conclusion to The Renaissance and therefore, it holds the valence of metamorphosis and life. It is particularly fascinating when the distinction between Art and reality begin to fall apart. Is it Art that imitates life or life that imitates Art? Major Events and Public Projects: Houston Zoo, painting-for-conservation initiative (June 2011-present) Barcelona World Race, Team Neutrogena artist (December 2010-May 2011) Select Exhibitions: Singapore via INSTINC artist residency, solo exhibition (June 2012) Limb Design, Houston, Texas, group exhibition (April 2012) Jack Hanna Gala, Houston Zoo, solo exhibit (October 2011) Watson Gallery, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (October 2011) Norma R. Ory Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2011) Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas, Awty International Gala (2011) Willard Straight Art Gallery, group exhibit for Forword Literary Magazine (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2009) Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, group exhibit (2008) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2006) Hayloft Gallery, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, group exhibit (2005) Art Fairs: Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong (2013) Affordable Art Fair, Singapore (2012) Affordable Art Fair, New York (2012)

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