The Hermit

Oil on Linen
36cm (W) x 30cm (H) x 4cm (D)
Ready to hang
By Kieran Ingram Featured

Perth, Australia and Bollington, UK, Australia

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‘The Hermit’ deals with physical and social seclusion. The hermit crab protects it’s vulnerable abdomen by encasing it within a salvaged seashell while religious hermits withdraw from society in order to facilitate a purer connection with God. Their hermitic existence protects them from worldly distractions of no consequence to their spiritual pursuits.

The painting shows a nautilus almost entirely encasing a skull cavity. A branch emerging from a crack between the shell and the skull is an antennae feeling for the outside world.


Skull, Shell, sea, myth, mythology, religion, surreal