ORIGINAL ART – ‘Lacey’, Lace Monitor (Goanna)

$780.00

‘LACEY’
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 380mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

 

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

Description

‘LACEY’
2020

Ink and watercolour
Art size: 380mm x 570mm
by Shannon Dwyer

‘Lacey’ was created using a traditional nib and ink, along with watercolours and acrylic executed on 425gsm 100% cotton watercolour paper.  This original artwork includes the ‘Shannon Dwyer Original’ embossed stamp seal and hand-penned signature validating it as an original artwork of Shannon Dwyer.

Shannon has a fixation with Reptiles and Australia isn’t short of incredible species such as the Lace Monitor (Goanna). With fantastical prehistoric-looking features, Shannon couldn’t wait to create her quirky textural ink details for this one!

Lace monitors belong to an ancient lineage that evolved in the northern hemisphere during the Cretaceous period – 90 million years ago! The Lace Monitor, or ‘Goanna’ is found in eastern Australian forests and coastal tablelands. There are 30 species of monitor lizards in the world and 25 of those are found in Australia! The name ‘goanna’ is suspected to have derived from ‘iguana’, as early European settlers likened Goannas to the South American lizards. They are a spiritual totem in Australian Aboriginal mythology and ‘Dreamtime’ folklore, featuring prominently in ceremonial indigenous art and rock paintings. They spend most of their time in trees, coming down to hunt for food and to breed. As predators and scavengers, Goannas play an important role in each of the ecosystems they inhabit as they maintain population numbers of prey species and keep disease loads low through the removal of carcasses. Being the only lizards to have forked tongues, just as snakes do, they detect prey such as: insects, reptiles, small mammals, birds, eggs and carrion, through scent molecules in the air. Threats to Goannas include habitat loss due to land clearing for agriculture and housing. The removal of termite mounds and other habitat features such as fallen timber have a significant impact on some species. They also prey on feral poisonous Cane Toads, whose viral-like spread within Australia has caused declines, most recently in the Kimberly. Invasive predators such as foxes and cats also prey on young monitors. Conservation Status: Least Concern.

*Artwork price includes postage, signed artwork and Certificate of Authenticity*

 

Framing tips and suggestions:
This piece is best ‘float-mounted’ and framed behind glass.
‘Float-mounting’ allows the paper to have a bit of ‘freedom’ which watercolour paper often needs as its rarely perfectly ‘flat’. By ‘mounting’ the artwork, it showcases the ruffled edges of the watercolour paper and subtle wave of the paper to enhance the the fact that its an original artwork with delicious imperfections.

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Dimensions 70 × 6 × 52 cm

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