April 15th, 2011
Olly and Suzi, Caracal, 2007, Lithograph on Somerset Velvet
The Caracal is a Western Asian and African mid-sized cat, often called the Desert Lynx or Persian Lynx, related to servals and the African golden cat. This piece by Olly and Suzi wonderfully renders the beauty of these creatures: their powerful haunches, the line of their lean bodies, their elongated (almost horn-like), pointy tufted ears. The technique and color lend other aspects to the subject: crouching stalk, pained huddle, pre-pounce tension, sentinel’s protection, post-meal sleep. And the blood against snow of the palette gives it the additional resonance of violence: that which the Caracal delivers to its prey, that which humans inflict upon it.
More Olly & Suzi paintings can be found here at ollysuzi.com.
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