This is an original, one-of-a-kind painting of the inside of a cactus pear (also known as a prickly pear or cactus fruit). It is an oil painting on professional-grade stretched canvas and measures 24″ L by 0.5” W by 20” H. I signed it on the back of the canvas and painted the sides of the painting white. The piece is ready to hang but not framed. Depending on your computer, colors may vary slightly from photographs. Shipping is free to the United States.
About the Artwork:
My oil paintings turn familiar kitchen scenes into in an arbitrary space where glistening, close-cropped fruit pulp becomes its own vibrant world. Hyper-magnifying the inside of ripe fruit in oil paint pays homage to traditional still life painting while distorting the genre. Varying the scale of my paintings and the species of fruit further heightens the enigma, blurring the boundaries between abstraction and representation, the microcosmic and macrocosmic, attraction and repulsion, and whimsy and the scientific. The imagery is readily identified as organic but from there it can take over the imagination.
Prickly cactus pears symbolize warmth, protection, endurance, and maternal love to several native tribes in Mexico and the American Southwest.
As you can see in the last photos, my oil paintings look beautiful displayed together!
Pomelo I Exhibition History:
Ripe: Still Life Paintings by Angela Faustina presented by Sarasota Orchestra, Harmony Gallery, Sarasota, Florida.
Femme Fantasy Juried Exhibition, Soft Water Studios, St. Petersburg, Florida.
About the Artist:
My artwork is internationally collected and has been featured in exhibitions in the United States, Italy, and Portugal since 2006. I am currently represented by gallery43 in Roswell, Georgia, and Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.