Oil On Schlagmetal
715 x 1110mm
Tony Lane received his formal training at the Elam School of Fine Art. In this work he has treated the frame with the same consideration as the picture plane so that it becomes a feature to be looked at, rather than beyond on our way to the painting. The use of gold and silver leaf relates to the science of alchemy, and also to his interest in the painters of the fifth century who frequently used gold to show the heightened significance of a particular religious figure.
Lane though is not concerned with specific icons: “I like the sense that it the icon itself that is worshipped rather than what it may represent”. The experiments with methods of perspective being conducted by artists in the fifth century also provide a neat link between that period and the subject of this work.