David, after Michelangelo [HF 1120]
Holly Frean, 2019
Oil on wooden palette
47 x 38 x 3 cm
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Painted in oils on a reclaimed wooden palette, this study of David after Michelangelo's 1501 sculpture pays homage to one of Holly Frean's greatest artist heroes. With the head cropped by the form of this curvy palette and the thumb hole strategically placed over certain parts of his anatomy, David's essential characteristics are deliberately omitted so much is let to the imagination! It is unframed - instead the work is fixed to a hidden bevelled block on the reverse which rests on a second block fixed to the wall. It is float-hung to present the painting as an object and casts its own subtle shadow, bringing to mind it’s former purpose as a ready-to-use tool hanging on the artist’s studio wall. This work was made for a solo exhibition at Paul Smith's flagship store in London's Mayfair in 2016. A rare chance to buy an original Frean with her trademark inherent wit, painterly sensuality and art historical referencing.
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