Courting Death by Linda Adair

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Linda Adair

Courting Death


60.96 x 45.72 cm | 24 x 18 in

Oil on board

  • Honorable Mention / Imaginative Realism

Exhibited at the MEAM

Exhibited at Salmagundi

DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee  
Mighty and dreadful, for, thou art not so,  
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,  
Die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.
—John Donne, Death be not proud

"Not all love is beautiful or desirable, at times one can attract an unlikely admirer. In this painting, Courting Death, I wanted to combine careful detailed realism with abstract marks to give the feeling of stillness underlain with fluttering nervous energy. For this moment all is calm, frozen in time. Our hero might look tranquil and in control on the outside but inside she is a whirlwind of thoughts, plans and emotions. She has inadvertently caught the eye of a powerful, deadly character. What will she do now? Through this painting I show the complex, beautiful, and possibly deadly side of love." - Linda Adair