Inspired by the portraits from charcoal artist Yanni Floros who drew contemporary female subjects facing away from the viewer, I decided to apply the concept to a more cultural theme by using a Cambodian Apsara Dancer as a subject.
In Hindu-Buddhist mythology, the Apsara are female ethereal beings said to inhabit the sky and water and are depicted in various art forms across southern and eastern Asia. They figure prominently in the stone bas-reliefs seen in the 11-13thCentury Angkorian temples and are the inspiration for “The Dance of the Apsara Divinities” performances of the modern era. With gilded headdresses and ornate jewellery the iconic Khmer Apsara dancers narrate classical myths through their graceful choreography.
The title of this picture is derived from the song “The End” by Jim Morrison.
Artist: Stuart Carrol.
Dimensions: Height 64cm x width 48 cm.
Media: Graphite pencil on paper.
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