2014, acrylic paint and white ink on cartridge paper
'The Imperial Sentinel', is the second is the series of work inspired by Ludwig II of Bavaria and was produced for the 'Majestic Avia' exhibition at Banks Mill, UK in 2014.The pictures produced for this exhibition were based around Ludwig's fascination with birds and his constant association with Swans and Peacocks.
This piece in particular shows the most regal of all birds - the Peacock. He sits en garde on top of an ornate French urn filled sumptuous peonies and under a dramatic sunset. In the distance, glowing in the failing light of the day, you can see the Moorish kiosk among the many Linden trees within the grounds of Linderhof Castle in Bavaria. Light is glowing through the windows and under the door curtain at the entrance suggesting that the king is in residence ergo the Peacock, on duty, as the sovereign's loyal sentry. The Moorish kiosk summer house contains the only throne in any of Ludwig's residences, the brass enamelled 'Peacock Throne'. inspired my the rich colours and embellishments of the Orient - another of Ludwig's loves. The King could often been found here smoking his pipe and completely immersed in his own fantasies away from the mundane responsibilities which he abhorred.
The Peacock's proud stance has disturbed a peony flower which is representative of the King's steadfast and unique beliefs that were not shared or appreciated by the philistinism of his government, hence the falling peony petals (peonies symbolise nobility in China). These beliefs triggered Ludwig's downfall.