Elegy for the sky

DANIELLE O'CONNOR AKIYAMA

THIS COLLECTION BRINGS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE BEAUTY OF THE SKY. WHEN BENEATH OUR SINGLE OBSERVATION IS MERELY A GLIMPSE AND CAPTURES A SMALL SLIVER OF ITS ENORMITY AND CHARM.

AND WE THE SMALL BEINGS BENEATH IN RAPTURE AT HER MAGNITUDE AND EVER SHIFTING WHIMS LAY MOMENTARY CLAIM TO UNEARTHLY CHARM.

Knowing that the same sky envelops us all, brings a sense of smallness and yet interconnectivity. Its limitless bounds create a canvas of possibility. Bold, ethereal, fierce, scudding, brooding, dreamy, a changeling of superior powers. Whether with expertise or instinct, we all know how to read the sky and hear her messages in different ways. I read the sky with a lens framed by cloud formation, cultural folklore, weather watching and dreaming…I cannot help but be smitten daily.

ACROSS THE DIVIDE

Moody, deep indigo skies are awash with stars, light and the whispers of cloud movement. The very small band of blue sea indicates the scale of this majestic sight on a small canvas. Brushstrokes of red are the continued story and give us the concept of unity for all time.

Across the Divide I Original Box Canvas, 20 x 20" £3,695
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Across the Divide II Original Box Canvas, 20 x 20" £3,695
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RETURN TO GLORY

This piece is a heroic statement – all sky light, undiluted colour, waterfall splashes and cheeky cherry blossoms. Spirit walkers are scattered throughout, with protection bubbles and the implication of easy travel by water.

Glazed Original Box Canvas, 48 x 48" £9,250
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MOUNTAIN TOP VIEW

Original Box Canvas, 24 x 48" £6,150
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TIME TRAVELLERS DIPTYCH

This work is delightfully happy with bold, clear colour juxtaposed with opaque cloud masses. The rushing waters on the bottom are significant for easy travel and give a strong horizontal line which plays up the height of the mountains. Circles of endless protection give the viewer the sense of a safe awakening.

Time Travellers I Original Box Canvas, 36 x 36" £6,150
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Time Travellers II Original Box Canvas, 36 x 36" £6,150
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RIVER AND THE KINGDOM OF STARS

This is a hugely dominant piece due to the size and scope of the canvas. The impact is heightened by the strong blocks of colour and a great moving river of clarity. It has everything to do with belief, self and the boldness necessary to be yourself. The small scale of the temple, bridges, circles and protection bubbles in this storybook kingdom enhance the sense that this canvas is majestic.

Original Box Canvas, 48 x 72" £12,250
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ASPIRE TO CLARITY

Original Box Canvas, 40 x 60" £9,595
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COLLECTABLE EDITIONS

MOUNTAIN TRAVELS

This piece is part of my Journey Series and represents a time of reflection after a personal awakening. My language of symbols includes mountains which represent challenges, waterfalls for renewal, cherry blossom for new beginnings, and moving waters for ease of movement from place to place. The spirit walkers are there to protect us on the journey while Mother Moon keeps watch in the moody midnight sky.

Glazed Original Box Canvas Edition of 150, 34 x 38" £1,295
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THE UNIVERSE IN COLOUR

This is a rhythmic moving piece which reads as an abstract, yet it has distinctive imagery of the moon, earth and the magical pull in-between. It is as if we are seeing our world from a great distance and have the awakening of Big Beauty, and the drive to tenderly care for this earth.

Glazed Box Canvas Edition of 150, 54 x 28”, £1,395
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DANIELLE O'CONNOR AKIYAMA

Painting with an uninhibited vigour and freedom, Danielle creates luminous images that vibrate with life, energy and colour. Whether she is depicting a riotous party of flowers or inviting us to enter a radiant new world of abstraction, her vibrant palette, loose formal structure and unique vocabulary of signs and symbols make her work both instantly recognisable and utterly irresistible.

Danielle began a ‘second life’ on the west coast of Ireland a few years ago, moving there from Canada. Having found the faith and self belief to take this major step, Danielle is mining a rich seam of inspiration in the unearthly beauty of the hills, the wildness of the Atlantic coast and the ever shifting light parade.

 

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