Taj Mahal, Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints in a selection of sizes
The Taj Mahal sits on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in the Indian city of Agra. The Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1631, to be built in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died on 17 June that year, while giving birth to their 14th child. It is widely thought of as a symbol of eternal love so I was delighted to be asked to paint this as a special wedding anniversary gift from a wife to her husband. I would love to go there one day.
My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.
The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.
You can see a time lapse video of me painting here.
Original silk painting is 30 x 40 cm.
A signed giclee print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. Signed giclee prints are supplied mounted ready for you to frame. The following sizes are available for this painting:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|40 x 50 cm||40 x 50 cm||39 x 29 cm|
|8 x 10 inch||8 x 10 inch||14.2 x 19 cm|