Ross Kolby

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Self-Portrait with Serpents

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Size: 87 x 76 cm Size: 87 x 76 cm
Oil on canvas, 87 x 76 cm. 1997.

 

Serpents as a symbol have many interpretations. These creatures of phobias and fear have in almost all cultures symbolised a variety from the male organ to fertility. In this animal both life and death are stunningly combined, and Kolby let them in this canvas illustrate terror and claustrophobia forced onto him by the surroundings.

 

Painting no specific type of serpent, the artist let no certain symbolic path lead the viewer, but presents the reptiles only as archetypes of the specie - with all their symbols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ross Kolby

«Painting, writing or acting are like colours on my palette. I mix them and make use of the crafts to create living, breathing, believable characters - people that I feel inside me»

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