Nessus and the Ladies by John Kiki

The painting was inspired by the classical myth of Nessus and Heracles and depicts the figures from the myth in blocks of flat colour, gestural brushstrokes and paint squeezed directly from the tube.


Acrylic on canvas
180 x 270 cm
Art Fund grant:
£8,000 ( Total: £16,000)
Acquired in:
John Kiki

The centaur Nessus is placed prominently in composition just about to carry Heracles' wife Deianeira across the River Euenos. Kiki works as a painter and printmaker and is one of the most important contemporary artists living and working in East Anglia. This is the first work by the artist to be acquired by Norwich. This work was acquired with the support of the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


The artist.

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Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery Castle Hill, NORWICH Norfolk NR1 3JU 01603 493625

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