© Ron Orpitelli 2009
Art d'Echo
acrylic on wood panel
24" x 12"
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Inspired by the Art Deco 1910-1939 exhibit at
the de Young museum in San Francisco
(2004), this painting gave me the opportunity to
live for a while within one of my favorite design
movements (though the chance to have some
fun with it may have proved a tad irresistible).

The image is an adaptation of the central
panel of the magnificent
Oasis iron and brass
screen created in 1924 by French artist Edgar
Brandt (to whom I extend my most humble
apologies).

To this garden scene I added my own figure of
a classic white Egret.  This bird was inspired
by the three-fold screen
Egrets and Pandanus
(created in the late 1930s by American artist
Lloyd Sexton) which I became aware of during
a 2008 visit to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in
Hawai'i.

This elegant Egret could only have been
compelled to perch on the edge of a fountain
and linger in just this very garden oasis every
bit as sleek and streamlined as he is.

And what a wonderful metaphor he is for the
opportunity each and every one of us has to
find our own perfect place in life - one that lives
up to our marvelous self-image - and where
any small, tiny, little characteristic that others
might take the trouble to label as a  "fault"
fades to the level of insignificance it truly
deserves.

(Oh, and I apologize to Mr. Sexton for
appropriating one of his birds.)
Art d'Echo (acrylic on wood)
© Ron Orpitelli 2009