The Amesbury Archer

Currently working on a painting for an exhibition in the Salisbury Museum responding to the Wessex collection. Inspired by the Late Neolithic discovery known as the ‘Amesbury Archer’.  This is one of the richest burials of this period and contains the earliest dated gold and signs of emerging technology, with over 100 items found its a great resource for my investigation into the study of the human condition. The initial focus is on the objects found with the archer. Displayed as never changing, valued ornaments placed on a shelf by a window, dressed with a curtain still keeping past secrets.  The landscape of a moonlit ocean suggesting the journey taken by the archer and the ever-changing cycles of our lives. To symbolize the Archers roots will be an alpine flower also a metaphor for our own fragile nature.

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© Nikki Sheppard 2018