Mark Cross
Mark Cross - Contemporary Realist Artwork

GIFT

 
GIFT – 1992 - Oil on Board – 120 x 80 cm

GIFT – 1992 - Oil on Board – 120 x 80 cm

Artist’s Collection

A genre that I rarely indulge in, this is a portrait of my daughter Mishca at the age of 15 acting out the sentiment of the pricelessness of the gift of children. Using the indefinite title “Gift” the object depicted could be the simple and seemingly worthless palm-frond or the priceless child herself. The potential sentimentality of the idea is tempered by the threatening mouth-like undercut in the two cliffs, which suggests the vulnerability of youth and therefore the thought that the gift of children should not be taken for granted.