© Ron Orpitelli 2009
Art d'Echo
acrylic on wood panel
24" x 12"
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
(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