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The Betrayal by April Cowan

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This is the first piece in my HSC major works. The series in total is called “Ascendancy” which means domination or influincing figure, but also has connotations to the ascention of Mary in Christianity. Basically what i tried to do was to show how humanity’s expression of faith has changed, evolved, or even stayed the same. “The Betrayal” is basically a contemporary version of the betrayel of Jesus my Judas.

Compressed Charcoal on Paper
size: 110 × 59 cms

I would like to thank the wonderful photographer who allowed me to use his brilliant photographs as references throughout the series: mehmet turgut . His page on DeviantART is ( and the link to the particular photo for this piece is (


  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infanteover 6 years ago

    powerful and moving.. amazing work april

  • Thank you so much!

    – April Cowan

  • Lightfinger
    Lightfingerover 6 years ago

    Very talented, love it.

  • Thank you ^^

    – April Cowan

  • candelartworks
    candelartworksover 6 years ago

    very talented in deed… cheers. all the best.

  • Thank you very much, and thank you for the watch as well!

    – April Cowan

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 6 years ago

    brillinat drawings the whole series!

  • thank you so much! i really appreciate it!

    – April Cowan

  • toycake
    toycakeover 6 years ago

    ohhh my gosh….amazing work and expression.

  • Thank you so much ^^

    – April Cowan

  • Tallulah
    Tallulahover 6 years ago

    WOW again April. Such a dramatic and powerful image. Love the man’s right hand stretched out against the darkness. Looks amazing. Again, it is the power and energy you capture in your work that I feel drawn to. Cannot wait to see some of your new work.

  • ^^ haha, i feel really bashful, after going through all these comments! this piece, i have to admit, was incredibly fun, especially watching people’s reactions after i’d finished =P my sister is afraid of it, lol.
    I’m afraid new work might take some time – i’ve just began uni, studying fine arts, and there is that much work – i have to get used to that before i start doing some things on my own, that aren’t basic techniques and the like. But, all the same, i really appreciate that you added me to your watch list!

    – April Cowan

  • Amber Williams
    Amber Williamsover 6 years ago

    ….wow (I don’t even know what to say, other than “wow”)

  • hahaha!!!! thank you!!

    – April Cowan

  • helene ruiz
    helene ruizover 6 years ago


  • Thank you! and thank you so much for the favourite, i really appreciate it!

    – April Cowan

  • neogolas
    neogolasover 6 years ago
    Brilliant Art work.
  • Thank you so much! and thank you for the favourite as well, it means so much to me!

    – April Cowan

  • spiderflux
    spiderfluxover 6 years ago

    very well done.

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