Sleeping Beauty - Kerry Darlington

January 22, 2021

Sleeping Beauty - Kerry Darlington

SOFTLY SLEEPING

A stunning new piece in Kerry's folklore series that pulls inspiration from the classic story 'Sleeping Beauty', made famous by the Brothers Grimm. Utilising her beautiful artistic style Kerry has given life to an exceptional interpretation of this tale.


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Part of a woman's portrait next to a sleeping fox.
Painted closeup of a sleeping cat and part of woman's portrait.

Medium: Unique Limited Edition on circular board with gloss resin finish. Featuring raised 3D elements
Image Size: 55.88 x 55.88 cm / 22" x 22"
Edition Size: Only 125 Editions available Worldwide with 20 Artist Proof Editions

Pre-orders are now open
As the flagship of Kerry Darlington’s work for over a decade, we are delighted to offered low editions and the widest selection of numbers available in the country.
Painted closeup of a sleeping cat and part of woman's portrait.
Part of a woman's portrait next to a sleeping fox.

SOLD OUT

Medium: Unique Limited Edition on circular board with gloss resin finish. Featuring raised 3D elements
Image Size: 55.88 x 55.88 cm / 22" x 22"
Edition Size: Only 125 Editions available Worldwide with 20 Artist Proof Editions

This is Kerry’s first ever circle portrait to be produced as a unique edition; previously circles include the sell-out works 'Walking Each Other Home' and 'By the Light of the Moon' which were woodland based with animals. As with these works, the edges are finished and designed to be presented unframed.

The edition size is 125 with 20 APs and priced at £795. As the flagship of Kerry Darlington’s work for over a decade, we are delighted to offered low editions and the widest selection of numbers available in the country.

Classical fables and stories by renowned writers such as Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, show to be a large inspiration for much of Kerry's work. Her Folklore Series is the best example of this, with some of Kerry’s most revered works sitting within it, including Snow White Rose Red, and Little Red Riding Hood. Most recently in early 2020, 'Goldilocks' joined this series and was the fasted selling edition Kerry has ever released, selling out within just a couple of hours of launch. Sleeping Beauty is set to follow in its footsteps with the anticipated success of the release as the original has already been sold to a private collector. It has a beautiful connection to Goldilocks, where Kerry has developed her use of silver metal leaf and created a stunning embroidery of storytelling in her dress.

Prince Florimund finds the Sleeping Beauty From ''Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories'', by Various Project Gutenberg etext 19993

THE STORY


Previous works in the Classic Folklore series
The Classic Folklore Collection

This remarkable piece has been 4 years in the making, with Darlington’s first version of the composition debuted as a work in progress at Wyecliffe’s annual presentation with the artist in 2016. We understand the composition unveiled as part of this release is Kerry’s third attempt at the work, where she settled on the circle format having enjoyed working on a portrait of her son last year entitled ‘Heros Journey’, that was also this shaped style of canvas.

4 of the past works in Kerry's folklore collection
The Classic Folklore Collection

This remarkable piece has been 4 years in the making, with Darlington’s first version of the composition debuted as a work in progress at Wyecliffe’s annual presentation with the artist in 2016. We understand the composition unveiled as part of this release is Kerry’s third attempt at the work, where she settled on the circle format having enjoyed working on a portrait of her son last year entitled ‘Heros Journey’, that was also this shaped style of canvas.

Illustrated closeup of aspects of the Goldilocks story on a gold background.
Goldilocks Details

The illustrious story by the Brothers Grimm is told through exquisite details in silver metal leaf, with key moments from the tale intricately weaved into the dress, including the famous spinning needle as well as a fairy godmother figure. Kerry has shown this fine level of detail in previous works such as 'Goldilocks', a previous work in the series and 'Astral Storylines' which was part of Kerry's 2020 Virtual Event The Rose Garden.

The illustrious story by the Brothers Grimm is told through exquisite details in silver metal leaf, with key moments from the tale intricately weaved into the dress, including the famous spinning needle as well as a fairy godmother figure. Kerry has shown this fine level of detail in previous works such as 'Goldilocks', a previous work in the series and 'Astral Storylines' which was part of Kerry's 2020 Virtual Event The Rose Garden.

Castle and other story details from the tale.
Illustrated closeup of aspects of the Goldilocks story on a gold background.
Goldilocks Details
Illustrated caste on a blue-grey background. Auburn hair frames the drawing.
Astral Storylines Details

CLASSIC FOLKLORE


Kerry has a vast collection filled with magical worlds and characters, but her Classic Folklore collection specifically draws from powerful stories. Individually they evoke the spirit of their respective inspiration while also being cohesive with the series as a whole. Each of these charming works features expertly crafted figures and animals, showcasing Kerry's delicate flowing hair and fur illustrating skills. Sleeping Beauty is the next instalment in the Classic Folklore Collection following 'Goldilocks' which was unveiled at the start of 2020. Featuring the impeccable attention to detail and luxury flourishes that all her work exhibits, including silver metal leaf, finished edges to be displayed unframed and fine storytelling illustrations lacing the characters dress.

Beauty and the Beast


Snow Queen


Goldilocks


East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Little Red Riding Hood


Snow White & Rose Red


Beauty and the Beast


Woman holding a red rose embracing a lion

Snow Queen


Goldilocks


East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Little Red Riding Hood


Snow White & Rose Red








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