ANKOKUBUTO EROS & ANKOKUBUTO BEYOND EROS

Two paintings inspired by Hijikata Tatsumi's Ankoku Buto (the Dance of Utter Darkness) with its themes of birth, sex, decay, death, gender subversion and shamanic shape-shifting.
I engaged in extensive research studies of this dance genre during my academic years and also had the priviledge of working with some of the worlds leading dancers. For a number years I was totally obsessed with it, so much so, folks would invite me to dinner but made a point of saying only on condition that I never mention the word 'Buto'!
These particular paintings were created to hang on stage during a multi-media piece created by myself. For details and to view the full performance text visit the THEATRE pages.
The paintings are shown here without their frames. The frames that enclose the canvases are highly elaborate sculptural creations incorporating a variety of materials including cloth, bones, feathers, tiny dolls etc., and are approximately four inches in width.
Oil on canvas 4 x 5 ft

ANKOKUBUTO EROS copy
ankokubutoh beyond eros

SHAMANCA & HELLA
SHAMANCA is a painting of shamanic wholeness, harmony & balance. A composition suggestive of the calm centre from which journeying may begin and sorcery performed.
HELLA is the Norse Goddess of the underworld (Hel), mother of Loki. She is one of the fiercesome Life/Death/Life mothers.
Oil on canvas: 2,5 x 3.5 ft.

DAWN
WODEN
SHAMANCA
HELLA

Versions of both paintings used for The KHAOAMUSICA Tarot (The Universe and Initiation cards)

WHOOPS-A-DAISY
A small painting on paper in gouache, crayon & ink.

THE PRAYER

THE PRAYER
Oil on canvas 4 x 2,5 ft

THE BLESSING (web)

THE BLESSING
Oil on canvas 4 x 2.5 ft

WATER web
THE LOVERS web

The Lovers and Water cards for The KHAOAMUSICA Tarot

Queen of Rods CMG web
THE FOOL KHAOA

The Fool. Second verison for
The KHAOAMUSICA Tarot

CASTANARC
Original Sleeve
Gouache & ink on paper.

QUEEN OF WANDS  web

Queen of Wands. Gouache, crayon & ink.
Version for The KHAOAMUSICA Tarot

JUSTICE. Gouache, crayon & ink.
For The KHAOAMUSICA Tarot

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