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King of the Dead

by Aaron Wolf

King of the Dead.  Drawn on 9 x 12 inch watercolour paper with Micron 0.5mm pens.

This is a representation of the King of the Dead is human in form and his crown is composed of bones, thorns, pikes, dead trees, an Unkindness of Ravens, an assortment of moths, maggots, and abandoned, decomposing castle spires, all of which symbolise death.  The symbol in the centre of the crown is a representation of a maze into the centre of the mind and how once one passes from the existence of life there is an opening into a high plain, illustrated by the passage upward.  It is an allusion to a symbolic ascent described by religion but more importantly also to the existence of other plains of reality.  The inclusion of planets is to show that life is a universal concept and also that the universe is largely cold and dead and empty.

Aaron Wolf is located in Australia so to have this artwork shipped outside of Australia (the rest of the world) with tracking and insurance the shipping cost is $100USD.  Within Australia the cost is $50USD.

Height: 12 inches
Weight: 9 inches
Surface: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 140 lb.

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I have been drawing and actively illustrating my whole life, since I can first remember 35 years ago. I grew up in a once quaint town called Maple Ridge, 5okm outside of Vancouver, which has become a drug ravage shit-hole, crowded with mini malls and cookie cutter suburban sprawl. It was and still is surrounded by natural beauty including numerous beautiful lakes, flanked on its south by the mighty and murky Fraser River and the Alouette River runs through the heart coming from the snow capped glacial mountain, the Golden Ears. It was a small farming town for a century and some of those farms still exist in the northern township. It is from this natural beauty and the modern cancerous sprawl and the coexistence/juxtaposition, as well as a fondness for the past that I take from this town and bring into my artwork.

In 2007 I graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and shortly after paying off my student debt I began to travel, which I have done for a large part of the last decade, calling Vancouver home as well as Berlin, Melbourne, and Lund, Sweden. After nearly 3 years back in Vancouver, I left at the beginning half of 2018 to relocate temporarily to Sydney, Australia to focus on making art full-time and visit with my partners family and friends.