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  • Melon and Grapes
    • Melon and Grapes
    • Melon and Grapes
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 11" x 14" This was inspired by my tropical still life series using the still life set up and hidden portions of masks blending into the background.
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  • Nutmeg Spice
    • Nutmeg Spice
    • Nutmeg Spice
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 9" x 12" This is the first of a series of Spice paintings. It was inspired by my sister, Dianne, who is always alert to ideas for applications. These were done to fulfill an idea for tiles in home decor. The use of Plastic Space allows the images to fit into any decor and bring about…
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  • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" This painting was inspired by the ancient  BASONGE healing mask used by designated healers that brought with them years of experience in herbs and medicines (much like modern doctors of today) and this mask was worn to ensure a positive image to aid in faith and assurance of the skills of the wearer.…
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  • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 14" x 18" Devil mask?  No way! This ancient mask is from the Bobo Fang in Mali. It reflected the antelope and was traditionally used as a kind of prayer to appease the animal spirit and thank them for the life that will feed the village.
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  • Maruvian Human Element
    • Maruvian Human Element
    • Maruvian Human Element
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  24" x 24" This was an experiment to see if my Plastic Space would translate the human face. I had fun working this painting of no one in particular. It is a play of the human facial structure mixed with the influence of African design and symbols. There are some African Mask techniques applied…
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  • Maruvian Joy Mask
    • Maruvian Joy Mask
    • Maruvian Joy Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The Nigerian mask of celebration and joy is a mask that lends itself to many interpretations that I enjoy exploring. I have done a series using this same mask in different approaches using my signature style of Plastic Space. The identifying parts of this type of mask are the bulging eye-lids…
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  • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" This was inspired by an ancient mask from the Kran people of Liberia. During this timeframe, the African slave trade was becoming more prominent and many of these masks were stolen and taken to Europe for their private collections. Ironically, this mask was used for healing practices. This mask is one of three diptych canvases…
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  • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" An abstraction of an ancient Kuyu mask from Central Africa done in my quick 3-6 day series. I originally wanted to paint one a day but discovered that in oils, I could only do them as fast as 3-6 days for the oils to set before I was able to paint another…
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  • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco China Town while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. This mask is one of three diptych canvases (which means two canvases…
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  • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The inspiration for this mask was from the designs of a carving on the side of an ancient calabash bowl found in Ethiopia.
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  • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The identifiable lines on this healing mask are abstracted and carried into and around the image creating motion and a sense of infinity as the eye is captured and begins to travel around and around. This feeling captures the notion that the healing expertise began at the beginning and will continue…
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  • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This painting features the Kalimba, musical thumb piano, juxtaposed with parts of various mask features and beads. It is part of the series where I painted these small works for a month back to back. Most were of masks but two were more of the musical feel.
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