This painting entitled "Firebird" is the result of a number of influences.
My wife and I travelled to America not so long ago to stay with some good friends of ours over Christmas. As we were coming half-way around the world for the visit, I wanted to find some exotic landscape material I could use for my painting while there. With some research I discovered Monument Valley in Utah.
The amazing land formations we found there lived up to every expectation, and in the very cold dawn I got some magnificent photographs.
A friend and collector of my work had been talking to me about a painting he had seen of a phoenix emerging from the fiery red clouds of a sunrise. He tried to describe it to me and I liked the concept, as it fitted with ideas I had worked with. Monument Valley was a perfect setting being just across the border from Phoenix, Arizona and with it's ancient, magic atmosphere.
"Firebird" is a fantasy concept drawing on a combination of the legends of the past and using an existing setting to enhance its sense of reality.
Prints available on Fine Art America and Artistwebsites.com are open edition prints. For top-end quality, limited edition giclee prints, hand numbered and signed by the artist, please visit the artist's home website at www.brianmoore.co.nz
May 15th, 2011
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