3D (The Water Garden) is a painting of a woman in kimono and nishikigoi under water. This could be regarded as a contemporary mix of some ingredients that could otherwise be seen in the floating world ukiyo-e or Japanese woodblock prints in general. The composition is kept almost ornamental and decorative, and soon you will notice that the woman and the koi appear to either merge or float through each other. She has a somewhat vacant expression on her face. It is as if she has just noticed you are looking while she was day dreaming. In Japan, the koi is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune, and also of perseverance in the face of adversity.

Water is one of 5 essential ingredients in a classical Japanese garden. The cultural significance of that is to suggest the continuous flow of time and life changes.

Water element includes the ponds of a quiet surface, streams, waterfalls and springs. But the transience of water is so important that it appears in the “dry” areas of Zen gardens, gravel and sand is raked to look like flowing or standing water.

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This painting is probably still in the possession of a confidence trickster and scammer.

Via Instagram, I was contacted by a guy called Marco Antonio Patrizio. He presented himself as an Italian gallery owner interested in borrowing my work with the view of selling it on commission to his associated art collectors. None of that sounded unusual given that most ‘artist-gallery’ relationships work exactly like that. He also appeared to have a convincing Instagram profile and website. However, After several works were consigned to him, I could no longer contact the chap, and after the agreed contract term/period, the works were never returned.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #3D, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 100x100cm, Year/Jahr/År/Ano 2018, anders dyhr

2d in situ