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The Circle of Life

by Tim Southall MA (RCA) BA Hons

Etching on paper (etching & aquatint on copper plate in a limited edition of 100)

h 30  x  w 40 cm
h 11.8  x  w 15.7 in


(without frame)

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The 'Circle of Life' is a large narrative etching which portrays many aspects of life, from cradle to grave. Drawn on a copper plate, this print is a visual story which unfolds in an imagined magical landscape. Here many different figures and animals features in a number of vignettes each of which contribute to an overall story. Dominating and overseeing the scene are various giant trees. These act as conductors, orchestrating and dissecting the events and characters. Added to this are complex plays on perspective and scale adding drama and edge to the dynamic of the image.

The 'Circle of Life' is printed on Somerset Velvet, an off-white heavyweight 300 gsm handmade paper from St Cuthbert's Mill in Somerset. The print is in a limited edition of 100 and is signed and numbered by the artist. The image size is 30 x 40 cm on a paper size is 44 x 54 cm.