Acrylic, oils, fluorescent and iridescent paint on canvas, 40"x40"
‘Cernunnos, (Celtic: “Horned One”) in Celtic religion, an archaic and powerful deity, widely worshipped as the “lord of wild things.” I usually have involved endangered species in my work but this time I went a step further, for inspiration I have used the Irish Elk - an extinct species with extraordinarily huge antlers to represent Cernunnos. Through history Cernunnos attributes were generally consistent. He often wore stag antlers and was sometimes accompanied by a stag and by a sacred ram-horned serpent that was also a deity in its own right. Cernunnos was worshipped primarily in Britain, although there are also traces of his cult in Ireland, which I thought the Irish Elk was a fitting incarnation.’