Description The origins of the Iris flower date back to ancient Greece where drawings of these flowers are still visible. Among the paintings at the Knossos palace in Crete, there is a 4,000-year-old fresco of the iris flower. The Greek goddess, Iris, was the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow. Acting as a link between heaven and earth, irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to guide their journey.Egyptian kings marveled at the iriss exotic beauty by showcasing drawings in several Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the significance of the iris flower became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national emblem of France.Irises is one of several iris paintings created by the Dutch artist, Vincent van Gogh. In his last year of life before his death in 1890, he painted them during his self-admitted stay at Saint Paul-de-Mausole asylum in France. During much of his stay there he was confined to the grounds of the asylum; from the window in his room, he could see the flower garden and wheat fields. The Iris Flower, is a hand-painted digital image and photo composite created in Spadecallers Florida Studio on 1/27/2022.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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