Portraying comical jesters and harlequins, back-dropped by dilapidated scenery, as they act out the current theatre of life.
The actors are there, decadently dressed, and somewhat shabbily acting out a “now” scene or obeying some line in a play, a parable or social comment. The scenes display an impious sense of humour whereby we, the onlooker, can see the futility of the efforts of the jesters or harlequins.
In this scene, we have the wild harlequin explorer that has conquered his mountain. Atop and at a loss for a rewarding refreshment after an early victory celebrated at lower altitude, he sends out a rather frivolous SOS signal to the approaching hot air balloon, occupied by our heroic jester, to rescue him with reinforcements of more wine.
Many influences can be seen in the parody - Heramanious Bosch, Heath Robinson, Roland Emett with additional influence from the renaissance and medieval eras. The colouring is always rich and heavy on the maroons, aged creams and browns.
This oil on board artwork is framed and behind glass.
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