The Gilded Gaze: Gold Leaf & the Element of Seduction


In my figurative scenes, the addition of gold in symbolic guises imbues the ordinary with mythic suggestion. In its glint is a curious seduction, alluring the viewer, holding their gaze, and reflecting it to the body of each composition.

Girls Gone Gold
Live Fast, Die Golden
Da Golden Pedestal
Just Showered in It / Towelin' Off
Everythang I Touch
Friend with Golden Benefits
My Golds are Up Here
We Buy Gold

© 2020 by Ian Mitchell Wallace

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Girls Gone Gold

Transparent watercolor and 24k gold leaf on paper, 31½ x 20" (2012)