The Laughing Fu Lion by Lynnette Shelley

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Artwork measures 18 × 24 inches (approximately). Mixed media on light gray deckled discontinued handmade Spanish paper of unknown make. Media includes foil and paper collage, liquid gold leaf, liquid copper leaf, acrylics, a little bit of colored pencil and black sharpie marker.

Fu Lions (or foo lions) are common representations of lions in pre-modern China. These mythical lions are said to have protective powers and are often depicted in statues guarding temples, palaces, tombs etc. They are usually in pairs, with the male lion holding a ball, and the female lion with a cub.

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Having a great love animals, fairytales, and world mythology, Pennsylvania artist Lynnette Shelley fuses these influences into her strikingly unique illustrations. Her artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her artworks have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

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  • arteology
    arteologyabout 5 years ago

    amazingly wonderful, the original must be so striking, gallo

  • Thank you very much Gallo. It was a bit hard to photograph because of all the metallics….

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • JSchultz
    JSchultzabout 5 years ago

    wow great work Lynnette!

  • Thanks so much :)

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Blended
    Blendedabout 5 years ago
    Wonderful art.
  • Thank you!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 5 years ago

    Lynette ,heis gorgeous and regal in this golden colour .I also loved the blue,green and gold version too LIZ

  • thanks Liz. What blue, green and gold version?

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeabout 5 years ago

    nice job !

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 5 years ago


  • thanks Lisa!

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...about 5 years ago


  • Thank you Patricia

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Hanneke Jonkman
    Hanneke Jonkmanabout 5 years ago

    Love it! Great piece of art!

  • Thanks so much Hanneke

    – Lynnette Shelley

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 5 years ago

    Your Hosts: Jo and Barb

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Simply magnificent. Gorgeous work of art. Superbly done.

  • thank you Bunny

    – Lynnette Shelley

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