Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
“This painting is a meditation on the contemporary male nude in relation to historic painting. The model, Marlon, is a very physically fit young man, yet he is portrayed in a vulnerable position, reclining, relaxed, exposed. Despite this vulnerability, his placement on a cloth-covered table, make him both an object of quiet veneration, as well as one of sacrifice. Although his healthy colour suggests he is alive and resting, the pose is also suggestive of the mortuary block. The work has become a profane act of worship, almost Pieta like, or, conversely, Deposition like in its feeling. It is also reflective of the idea of the 17th century Dutch still life Vanitas – transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death.
The title was suggested to me, in an accidental way, during the modelling/painting process by the way in which the hanging cloth bisected the edge of the figure’s upper arm/triceps, ‘piercing’ visually the edge of the body – in my mind, creating a visual analogy to the tradition of St Sebastian, a great subject for painters of the past. This idea of piercing and the vulnerability of flesh seemed to suit the position of the figure in a way I felt quite poignant.”
Craig Wylie, painter
This giclée print is on heavy, fine art Hahnemühle photo-rag paper. The smooth yet slightly textured surface of this paper allows for the highest quality reproduction of the original artwork. The inks used are archival and will not fade.