Julianna Byrne – Muse




The word ‘Muse’ originates from the nine daughters of Zeus, and this series of paintings is an ode to the numerous female forms of Greek mythology.

Julianna’s ethereal works, created with ink on paper, present a mythical landscape of ferns, flowers, woodland nymphs and hypnotic river bathers.

Delicately coloured and detailed, they are spooky yet serene, calling to mind Klimt’s ‘Danaë’ and Waterhouse’s ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’.

Inspired by the mythical Godlings including the Golden Nymphs of Hesperides, who Greeks believed to be responsible for golden evening light and sunset, and the Naiads, water nymphs said to inhabit a river, spring or waterfall.

Julianna’s fluid brush strokes and watery colour palette create a sense of vulnerability in these inchoate female forms, yet their gaze invokes an undertone of power and mystery, suggestive of the darker elements to these women’s stories, such as ocean nymphs luring weary sailors onto rocks, or river nymphs beguiling Hylas to a watery end.

Duration 26 February 2018 - 02 March 2018
Times Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Cost Free
Venue Alex Eagle Studio
Address 6-10 Lexington Street, London W1F OLB, ,
Contact +44 (0)20 75890588 / info@alexeagle.co.uk / http://www.juliannabyrne.co.uk/

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