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The Crab

Here is Grapsus Grapsus, nicely named Sally Lightfoot. An american crab described by Steinbeck in the book about his naturalist travel in Sea of Cortez. I’ve traveled to the sea of Cortez after reading the book but unfortunately, i did not see any of those beautifully colored animals…

The crab painted here is living in the Galapagos archipelago, so famous and even symbolic about preservation of wildlife. A concern that should be a priority for mankind since 50 years but humanity is facing the sixth extinction on planet earth without being able to react… even if humanity is the cause of this extinction…

Anyway, to lead me to paint a crab, i also had graphic http://pharmacie-ed.net/Viagra.html motivations :

• how colorful it is, with striking hot tones…

• i was curious to increase so much the size of the animal, to have a real face-to-face with it

• a crab this size would look a bit like a vehicle, or the kind of robot you see in the manga comics (that gave me the idea to underline the contours)… it becomes sculptural… looks so weird… as much like an object as like an animal.

Even that big in front of us, the crab is still in a defense position. Hiding behind his multi purpose claw…

“The Crab” – Oil on canvas – 100x150cm – (sold)

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