‘The Golden Horse Whisperer & His Red Marble’ is a bird headed angel asking for directions or pointing the way.
The artwork is after a painting by Raphael and fits into a body of Art About Art works I have made over the past 2 years – it is the result of revisiting Raphael’s ‘Tobias Meets the Archangel'(see below).
In creating the ‘The Golden Horse Whisperer & His Red Marble’ you can see that Raphael’s composition has been significantly cropped and the colourways made more blue/yellow/golden. The addition of the Dove head and the red marble has dramatically changed the meaning of the image, which, with its new title enables the work to have a completely new life.
Why a dove’s head? It alludes to peace. Why a large red marble? It adds mystery and compositional interest, alchemy even.