Steven Lingham, fine art - wildlife artist


Wrens

Title: War of the Roses
Subject: Wrens
Medium: Oil on panel
Size: 22.5" x 20"
Price: SOLD

Giclee Prints
Image Size: 19” x 17”
Edition Size: 25
Price: £120

There are sometimes subtle dual meanings to my paintings, with this painting it could be just viewed as a gentle, pretty painting of two Wrens singing together on a couple of rose bushes, which is of cause fine if that’s all you want out of the painting.

However, I wanted the wrens to be battling for supremacy by singing over their territory, (as song birds do).

The title “War of the Roses” gives my message away. One bird is perching on a red rose bush which represents the “House of Lancaster”, and the other a white rose bush which represents the “House of York”, which as the title gives away represents the war of the roses, (within the English civil war, which occurred roughly between 1455 and 1485).

The background colours although light in hue, have an almost smoky look, which can be construed as the backdrop to a battle field sky, and the rose’s thorns can be seen as weapons.

You may notice that I have placed the white roses as though glowering down over the red roses, and possibly the Wren of the white rose is a little prouder.

What can I say? I do live and was brought up in Yorkshire, so I may be a little bias..

What can I say? I do live and was brought up in Yorkshire, so I may be a l

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