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MILLEFIORI : "Nautilus in the Forest"


Signed and numbered limited edition of 15 prints of each 3 sizes. Printed on Somerset Velvet 100% rag museum quality paper, with archival pigment inks rated to last over 100 years. Each of the prints is signed and numbered 1 to 15 and comes with a certificate of authenticity.


The conch shell evolving clockwise and the fractal  patterns evolving counter-clockwise are in a cosmic dance of their own. Their difference is their union. This image unites a natural object, with the intangible limitlessness of fractal geometry. This is where  Myth, Mathematics and Physics meet.

I attempted  to express the  reverberating sound of "Devadatta," the Conch shell of prince Arjuna has it resonates to  signal the beginning of the epic battle of the Mahabharata. It is when and  within the unfathomable chaos of this  battlefield, itself a metaphor of the struggle of life, that Arjuna is revealed the cosmic volition of creation in the dialogue with  his divine charioteer, which in the end makes Arjuna come to terms with his destiny. 


 In this series Titled  Millefiori. I sculpted a virtual three dimensional seashell,

 I used my own photos and paintings and painted the surface of the object to reflect its background.

As one of the earliest traditional painter to embrace the digital media, (Image de Synthese.) I work with professional imaging software, not as a medium to emulate techniques of the past, but to the contrary as a medium that  opens the door to new horizons of artistic expression by surpassing traditional techniques.

The digital media allows  limitless possibilities of color relationship and color subtleties which do not exist in traditional methods, as this painting shows, that is why I often compose combine and bring forward my traditional work to be enhanced by the digital media.

Jean-Francois Podevin



MILLEFIORI : Devadatta

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