The Holly and the Ivy - Anika Manuel
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Artist: Anika Manuel
Title: The Holly and the Ivy
Medium: Acrylic on Paper
Size: 36 × 36 × 3 cm Framed
Original Painting Signed On the Back by the Artist
The Holly and the Ivy is part of a new series of stylized women with headdresses; this one features a gold crown with Holly accompaniments. Set on a lusciously dark emerald green background the model gazes defiantly out at the viewer, with piercingly beautiful eyes. A winter piece, it epitomises the festive season and the warmth of Christmas contrasted with the inescapable coldness of the season.
Working predominantly from photographs and magazines, Anika Manuel's subject matter focuses on people, depicting them sometimes as a form of social commentary, other times presenting them exactly as they are, for the viewer to imbue with their own ideas. Recycling imagery is important to her general concerns, as there already exist so many undervalued images which haven’t yet been fully explored.
Learn more about Anika Manuel here.