The Wave by Joseph Barbara

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The Wave
acrylics on canvas (90×90 cm)

The sleeping ballet dancer in the background is dreaming while resting behind the horizon with her hand touching the water for consolation. She wants to be part of the live dream. She is seeing the dancing couple engrossed in their movements totally immune to what is happening around them. They are hardly noticing their audience watching them on the circular stage surrounded by the beautiful sea and sky. Looking closely at the couple you can see that they are levitating on the large disc emitting a shining ray of light. This disc is a Mayan calendar that has dropped from the sky into the Atlantian waters producing a tremendous wave, which cannot penetrate into the beam. The strong wave shattering against it shows the strength o the elements although it is ineffective. For thousands of years the disc has been revolving, passing from one lifetime to another keeping special people young and alive forever. The sea-horses, guardians of the lost city of Atlantis waken from their long sleep, came up from the depths to see for themselves what caused the upheaval. They were mesmerised by the brilliance of beam and water crashing against each other. Soon the wave will cover them completely, but the sleeper dreams on never to wake up.


atlantis, ballet, dancers, mayan, seahorses, wave


  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 5 years ago

    Fabulous work Joseph, thanks for the accompanying story.

  • Thanks again, Louise,appreciated. Most of my surreal works are accompanied by a story.

    – Joseph Barbara

  • margaretfraser
    margaretfraserover 5 years ago

    brilliant work

  • Thanks Margaret, glad you like it.

    – Joseph Barbara

    GEORGE SANDERSONover 5 years ago

    Great imagery, Joseph !!!

  • Cheers George.

    – Joseph Barbara

  • Casey Herman
    Casey Hermanalmost 5 years ago

    I can see connections to Dali here, too.

  • Hi Casey, thanks for the comment. Dali is one of my favourite surreal artists. I liked your impressive portfolio of dicital art. Take care, Joseph.

    – Joseph Barbara

  • QuantumResults
    QuantumResultsover 4 years ago

    I love this and the story that goes with it. Beautiful, expansive and focusing. Amazing stuff

  • Hi, thanks for the comment and for favouring my work, it’s appreciated, take care, Joseph.

    – Joseph Barbara

  • kappisan
    kappisanover 4 years ago

    Lovely work of ART!:D
    Huge Fav!:) :)
    Greetz from Holland,

  • Ashley Hanna
    Ashley Hannaabout 4 years ago

    This is a very great work. The story is as if you may have lived it…. : )
    Very strong!

  • Jarmo Korhonen
    Jarmo Korhonenalmost 4 years ago

    Great work! Incredible port!

  • Hi Jarmo, thanks for the comment and for favouring my work, it’s appreciated, take care, Joseph.

    – Joseph Barbara

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    Featured Work April 12th, 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Hi Mary, many thanks for the feature, it’s appreciated. Take care, Joseph.

    – Joseph Barbara

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