Ross Kolby

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The Grip of Life

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Oil on canvas, 140 x 107 cm. 1999.

Holding a serpent, the symbol of birth and death, the young woman stares at us with a calm and secure look. Many cultures views the serpent’s shifting of skin as a re-birth, as well as its ability to take life with the poisoned bit likely symbolizes the death. 

The woman holds the snake’s head in a firm grip, knowing that the lethal animal is unable to fight or defend itself with its head fastened. She wears a glove, which symbolizes the hand, and Man’s ability to act. 

In this painting Danish supermodel Helena Christensen for the first time models in front of a painter - and not a camera.


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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