Pygmalion in reverse by Janne Kearney

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Pygmalion is a legendary figure of Cyprus, Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with a statue he has made. He offers the statue presents and eventually prays to Venus (Aphrodite). She takes pity on him and brings the statue to life.

There have been many interpretations of Pygmalion and this is my version, the reverse happens. The artists love of his craft is so strong and deep it has brought the tattoo to life and immediately she falls in love with him, this is evident by the heart shaped bows she has created to show him her intentions.

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  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 5 years ago

    What an extraordinarily creative work Janne.

  • Thanks Estelle, really appreciate your comments.

    – Janne Kearney

  • Alice McMahon
    Alice McMahonover 5 years ago

    Smiling Janne! You are so creative! I love this painting, and the idea. xx

  • Thanks Alice, I’m so glad I can bring a smile to someones face, getting some kind of emotional reaction is what its all about. Thanks darl. BTW good luck with the pastel group, makes me wish I knew how to use them. x

    – Janne Kearney

  • alneaimi
    alneaimiover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Al !

    – Janne Kearney

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 5 years ago

    Awesome work and imagination Janne !!!

  • Your always so kind George.

    – Janne Kearney

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 5 years ago

    absolutely wonderful…amazing in fact well done..
    I’m almost speechless !

  • Thanks heaps Catherine

    – Janne Kearney

  • Pinkham
    Pinkhamover 5 years ago

    Awesome. Love it.

  • Thanks Pinkham

    – Janne Kearney

  • Holleyarna
    Holleyarnaover 5 years ago

    I love your creativeness and I am drawn to all your tattooed paintings, they are wonderful!!

  • Thanks, by the way Alice has started a dedicated pastel group you might be interested in your pastels are fab.

    – Janne Kearney

  • JamieLA
    JamieLAover 5 years ago

    This is so great! I always look forward to seeing your work :)

  • Thanks Jamie too bad you cant come to my show.

    – Janne Kearney

  • Simon Aberle
    Simon Aberleover 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! So creative, and the use of colour is incredible!

  • Thanks Simon, I just love color.

    – Janne Kearney

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    Amazing painting Janne – You have done so many that I love, but this is exceptional!!!

  • Always generous and supportive, thanks lovey.

    – Janne Kearney

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