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Ken Spooner

The Voyage of Gold *On Location

Mixed media in artist made frame
121 x 96 cms


*Currently on show at House of Hackney’s Castle of Trematon. Please contact us for details of how to view and purchase.

This painting depicts a central figure striding purposely across a sea-going barge, surrounded by objects of ancient treasure. A central gold orb, painted in golf leaf, shines out above this figure like the sun, identifying him as the Egyptian god Amun-Ra. The figure’s stance, one foot striding in front of the other, conveys the journey in western art from the earliest Greek copies of Egyptian statues towards an aesthetic of naturalism. As the sun-god himself, or a sculptural form of an early Apollo in his image, and in particular a valued ancient artefact painted gold, he is himself the gold the painting’s title seeks. This idea of art as ‘treasure’ is emphasised by the golden yellow of much of the painting’s surface, the gold leaf of the sun-crown, and the caerulean, lapiz-lazuli pigment of the canopic jars so treasured in antiquity. These jars, containing the body parts of their owners – whose cohesive form now exists only in the statue commemorating him on the deck – are guarded by a red Pharaoh dog, such as those depicted on early tomb paintings, itself astride a small vessel of his own.

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On show in our Fore Street, St. Ives gallery

Provenance: From the artist's studio

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