GALLERY OF ABUNDANCE

Welcome, weary urban wanderer, to the Gallery of Abundance.  If you feel worn down by the constant contemporary mantra of “Achieve! What you have is not enough!  Work harder for more!”  then you have come to the right place.  In these halls, you will find images of Abundance, designed to remind you that you are enough.  You have enough.  Go outside, into the sunshine, where there is plenty.  Even in desolate places, there is life.  You are enough.

 

In fact, the very first art human beings made were in veneration of our ability to procreate, ensuring an abundance of children.

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Venus

Carved Ivory

40 000 BCE

Cornucopia – the plenty of the harvest.

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Allegory of Abundance

Sandro Botticelli

Chalk on Paper

c. 1480-5

Reaping from the overflow provided by the earth.

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Wheat Field Behind Saint-Paul Hospital with a Reaper

Vincent van Gogh

Oil on canvas

1889

59.5 x 72.5 cm.

Teeming with fish.

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Abundance

Ron Morecraft

Digital Painting on Canvas

2008

29.750 x 20.000 “

Millais reminds us to take for ourselves an abundance of rest.

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Marianna

John Everett Millais

Oil on Mahogany Wood

1851

59.7 x 49.5 cm

Can we let our minds go free and dream abundantly, the only limits self-imposed?

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Entrance

Michelle Blade

Acrylic on Canvas

2014

60 x 46 “

Celebrate the female body’s ability to provide.

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Nature Study

Louise Bourgouise

1984

74.3 x 52.1 x 39.4 cm

A skull usually represents death, but here, juxtaposed with a flower, hovering over the desert, it points to the indestructible life-force that will persist even in the most unlikely circumstances, the clouds in the background pregnant with the rain that we just know will transform the desert into a lush, green, teeming paradise.

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Ram’s Head with Hollyhock

Georgia O’Keeffe

1935

But these images of abundance come with a strict warning – although there is enough to go around, there is not more than that. There is not enough for un-whetted greed. Africa’s forests are burning, and the snow is visibly melting.

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Georgia Papageorge

Kilimanjaro – Southern Glaciers, 1898

mixed media on canvas, with inkjet print taken from the earliest known photograph of the glaciers, and lines of poured ash from the ash cone of Kilimanjaro itself

2010

230 x 140 cm

Perhaps, reminded of the abundance already around us, our greed may subside enough to prevent a total collapse.

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