Moon Over Shakespeare by Mark Sheeky

G1235A Moon Over Shakespeare
Oil on canvas panel
Mar to Sep 2021, 577x477 mm

About this painting
An idea from Jan 2018 or earlier, originally inspired by a simple drawing of Shakespeare. The head seemed to be made from clay, with weeds emerging. When painting it, I had the idea of red flowers, carnations originally, but I changed these into poppies at a whim.

The symbolism later seemed magically, the red poppies with their connection to the Great War and remembrance. The end of the year of Covid-19 seemed to evoke a war-like mood, but also one of decay and decadence, a Remains of the Day.