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Oil on stretched canvas, ready to hang.

Signed on the back.

This artwork comes with an external frame

My work has been highly influenced by the world of commercial art and graphic design. This translates to my art in many ways. My still life paintings are careful composition full of allegories, which capture a moment in time where all represented items are meaningful beyond the composition. 

'Arsenal for Today' captures a day in the life of a busy working woman. The handbag (metaphoric for the day) has it's contents strewn about, each a a modern day allegory:
money = work
lists = family commitments
pen = goals
shoes = freedom
glasses = vision
headphones = focus
ventolin = breath
paper crane = creativity

This painting is one in a series of still life painting with handbags, shoes and other mundane everyday items.

'Arsenal for Today' was a finalist painting in both the 2018 EMSLA Still Life Award (NSW) & 2018 Kennedy Prize (South Australia).

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Stretched and ready to hang

This artwork is currently stretched and ready to hang.

It comes with an external frame.

Framed dimensions - 55.0(W) x 55.0(H).

Artwork dimensions - 51.0(W) x 51.0(H).

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