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Spirit of the Hive

2004, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 48, by Jenny Badger Sultan

'Spirit of the Hive', acrylic painting by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

This was the very first of my large grid paintings. I painted the hexagon grid very loosely [compare with later grids like Breath of the Compassionate or Stories from the Underground] and then began to lay in color, texture, and gestural marks intuitively. A few images crept in, including the eye which hinted at the spirit at the heart of the hive.

detail of 'Spirit of the Hive' by Jenny Badger Sultan. detail of 'Spirit of the Hive' by Jenny Badger Sultan.
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