Krishna and the Horse Demon
This painting is loosely based on a terracotta image sculpted as a frieze in the 5th century (Gupta era) and found in Uttar Pradesh, India. The demon is Keshi (or Kesin), which literally means “long haired.” Krishna, often depicted as a blue figure, is an avatar of the great Hindu divinity Vishnu. On the frieze, Krishna appears stockier, and the horse demon looks fat. I wanted to give Krishna a little more glamor and the horse much bigger teeth. Krishna killed Keshi by punching him in the mouth!
Gold metallic and Liquitex acrylics on stretched canvas 36” x 36”