printed on Giclée Hahnemühle German Etching
“The Hunter” was the first painting to be painted of my Metamorphosis series and the first commission I took as a professional artist. It depicts a Mongolian Eagle Hunter with the Atlas Mountains in the background, the mountain range at the border of Mongolia, China and Kazakstan. I was fascinated with what I learned about this tradition and its people. They personally train a golden eagle to hunt foxes from a high vantage point. Eventhough a Siberian Tiger exists in a completely different climate to a zebra, their markings are quite complimentary and matches the black and white of the snowy peaks. The Hunter seems to be well travelled, besides having a zebra, he wears a Lapis Lazuli around his neck, my favourite stone, which is only found in Afghanistan and was originally used to make the famous oil paint, Ultramarine Blue. He also has the Chinese eternal knot on his bag. He is wearing Mongolian hunting attire and might be waiting for his eagle to capture the fox he will need for his food and fur. I extended the sides of his hat to resemble an ancient Egyptian headdress and gave him Lion’s eyes. The sky is also reflected in the Zebra’s eye who has the musculature of a string racehorse. I plan to return to this motif in early 2018.