A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World. 2013. 45″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas.
The original A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World was a small drawing I made back in 2003. I was reading a book that talked about how a Hindu sees the world as being carried on the back of an elephant on the back of a turtle, which I thought was a really interesting concept. I immediately wrote this down and drew a thumbnail sketch to reinforce the reminder.
I wanted to use the enthusiasm of the original sketch when the time came to make it into a painting. I liked the sketch so much that I ended up doing nothing more than making the sketch the painting itself … I thought it was kind of funny that a tiny drawing became a large work on canvas. I completed the painting in 2012 and it sold earlier this year.
Jason Oliva with A Turtle With Elephant on its Back Carrying the World owner in Tribeca studio. 2013.
A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World is available as a work on paper!
Turtle With Elephant … Medium Work on Paper. 22” x 30”.
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