Materials: Acrylic Paint, Cotton Hand made paper
The Celtic Tree of Life
A Limited Edition of 250 with 25 Artist's Proofs
The Tree contains the 7 Celtic life forms, Plant, Insect, Fish, Reptile, Bird, Beast and Man. The lower half represents the potential and code for life that in pasted from generation to generation, while the top half reveals the current manifestation of that life.
Mounted on a hand textured painted 36" x 48" canvas.
This work takes extra time to produce due to it's size and detail. Please be patient.
Paper is the traditional 1st anniversary gift.
Each one of these works is Hand Made and Hand Painted by the artist.
These are not flat paintings!!! They are painted 3D castings!!!
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Paper casting is to me the perfect medium. It allows me use almost every skill set. A typical piece begins as a drawing or two. Then I sculpt it in wax. This is a long refining process and often the image sculpted is far different that the drawing. Then I build a dam around the wax and pour a rubber mold directly off the surface. A casting is made by pressing wet cotton pulp into the mold and extracting the water. Then I finish the surface.
While every piece that emerges from the mold is about the same, no two are really painted the same. Maybe I would if I could, but the painting process is always in flux. I am always experimenting with ways of mixing colors or washes and hard edge or new pigments. I send about 75% of my time with the painted finishes.
When I see or dream a thing that moves me in that way I try to distill the essence of it and add it to my bag of tricks. I am something of a student of ancient art and particularly interested in Celtic history, but I am not interested in reproducing artifacts or furthering a traditional technique. There was an original impulse for man to do art in the first place. Images and objects that take us out of our day to day consciousness. A magic icon or at least a feeling that allowed the viewer to step out of the ordinary world of words and survival and allow a more ancient wisdom to arise. I am looking for that magic.
When I am working, it never really seems like I am alone. It’s a strange feeling like channeling a human need to create. Voices of the past seem to want pass along a vision or standard. But then again, perhaps I am alone too much. Anyway, I hope that some of these images speak to you and you can find your own magic....... Kevin Dyer
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413 shop reviews5 out of 5 stars
Apologies for the late review Kevin -- this was beautiful as I knew it would be! I've been wanting to get a cast paper piece from you at the Dublin Irish Festival for years and years and am glad I finally got to get one for my house. This is one of the most beautiful and unique pieces of art I've ever seen! I also have to compliment you on your packaging -- this was so well packed that I'm sure it could've survived a hurricane! And it came very quickly! I ended up getting a custom cherry frame for it and it really pops! It's one of the main features in my house next to some old books and fossils, etc. on the fireplace mantle. I'm so very pleased, and I can't thank you enough for the work that you do. I appreciate it very much! Take care!
This Celtic Tree of Life is absolutely beautiful! It arrived within a week's time, is exactly what I ordered, and surpasses my expectations. Kevin, you are SO talented!
If I could rate this 10 stars I would! The customer service, communication & shipping were amazing. Kevin went above & beyond to get this to me quickly. The real treasure is the tapestry itself… it is beautiful beyond anything I imagined! The workmanship and quality are a real masterpiece! I would buy anything from Castpaper in a heartbeat. He even included a surprise Greenman print. Thank you Kevin for a delightful experience!
OH MY GOSH!!!! Yes, I literally said these words out loud when I opened the carefully wrapped package that arrived in record time( during covid AND during the holidays! THANK YOU) . This piece is STUNNING. The photos online do not convey the depth and sensitivity of the artistry in this piece. If you are considering…. Wondering…. Just place your order. If is exquisite - the colour, detail, relief design and narrative are absolutely satisfying : tender and strong at the same time. The package arrived in record time. THANKYOU to the artist- the seller. You have given us an heirloom, a cherished treasure. Your work is valuable and well received and very meaningful.
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