Étreinte de Papillons


This piece debuted as part of my “Allusions and Allegories” show at the Corey Helford Gallery in LA.   One of the largest paintings I have ever done, and certainly one of the most time consuming, this is one of my all time favourites.  Étreinte de Papillons is a French name translating to “Embrace” or “Hug” of the Butterflies.

Inspired by documentary films I’ve seen of butterfly swarms, monarchs & blue morphos in particular – when traveling/migrating they often all rest upon the eyes & faces of animals – to drink their tears when there is not a nearby source of water. Referencing 16th century paintings of “garlanded” portraits (often of madonna & child scenes, or prominent people, etc.) since it’s part of the “Allusions” (references) category in my Allusions and Allegories show, there is a ton of classical flowers, leaves, insects, etc.

A portion of the proceeds from this painting will be donated to a charitable organization for  Epidermolysis Bullosa – children born with  Epidermolysis Bullosa are sometimes referred to as “Butterfly Children” or “Butterfly Babies.”

The original painting has SOLD, but two different kinds of canvas prints are available!  The Masterpiece Limited Editions are limited to an edition of only FIVE canvases, hand embellished in acrylic paints by Jasmine herself, signed, dated, and numbered out of 5, measuring 20″x 20″ on thick gallery wrapped wooden stretcher bars (ready-to-hang).  We also have the Open Edition Canvases which are remarqued with the JBG initial on the front, measure 12″x12″ (also wrapped & ready-to-hang) and come with a signed certificate of authenticity.

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Glossy Photo Prints

All Glossy Photo Prints are printed on a glossy photo paper with archival inks. A small white border is included around the printed area of the artwork. When you select the print size and type that you want to purchase, the Printed Area Dimensions will appear below your selection. Please note the dimensions to make sure that the print you select is a size that will work for your needs. We cannot provide custom print sizes at this time. What you see offered is what is available.

Open Edition Canvas Prints

These prints are made on canvas with archival inks and varnished with a UV resistant finish. They are gallery-wrap style — wrapped on boards, stretched over a frame and are shipped ready-to-hang. The canvas sides are printed in black, creating a natural self-framing effect, so you don’t have to purchase an additional frame if you don’t want to. The entire piece is also painted with a UV varnish and then heat set for maximum protection and longevity. They are truly beautiful pieces and it is often difficult to tell them apart from the originals. We only release these open edition canvases once Limited Edition Hand-Embellished Canvases have been sold out. The open edition canvases are on deep gallery wrapped boards. The Open Editions are set to a specific size format and there may be some cropping around the edges from the original artwork. NOTE: The watermark in the image is only for digital display and does not appear in the originals or prints.


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