The Landscape Of Anna Q. Nilsson


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Oil. 53cm x 45cm. Another wonderfully imaginative surrealist painting by Mark Sheeky. This is a surreal manipulation of the portrait of silent film actress, Anna Q, Nilsson. The composition and theme of the painting grew from the unconscious, and much of it was drawn in one quick session, making it one of Mark’s most truly surrealistic pieces.

The picture shows a mountainscape above a dark lake. A woman is stabbed by a flash of yellow energy that flies through a inverted heart-shaped hole, a flash of pain. A droplet is shown below her. The up-turned heart and milky fluid have sexual connotations, and the eagle represents predatory sexuality too, although the desolate landscape, the smooth lake evokes a feeling of peace amongst the loss and desire.

A painting of a serene mountain, like a mask, concealing a myriad of mysteries and a tangle of liquid emotions beneath…