A Very Bacchic Painting for Sale

“Maenad” by G. Krasskova Acrylic on canvas board, framed.

This is one of the paintings that I have in Riverwind’s Art4Life Gallery show in Pawling, NY. It’s an image wherein I blur the line between a young, wild, beautiful/terrifying Dionysos and a rather androgynous maenad. I was reading the Bacchae (againwhen I painted it and wanted the intensity of the connection between Dionysos and those who love Him to come out in the painting. The image represents the interstice between devotee and divinity and where that space between them blurs…or sharpens to a dangerous degree, because the ecstasy of a God is always dangerous – delicious, revealing, restorative, but also a glorious madness. 

My preference would be for this particular piece to go to someone who venerates this God. It was made to be a devotional piece. If anyone is interested in purchasing this, please contact me at Krasskova at gmail.com. Here are the specs: 

“Maenad”

Acrylic on board

It is currently framed in a black wooden frame. 

Framed it is 17×21

Price: $100 plus $20 shipping and handling (if you’re overseas, then shipping will be more – we can discuss). I also have to charge state tax: so total would be $128.13.

I give thanks to Dionysos for the inspiration for this piece and the means to bring it into being and life. 

For those curious about what I’m working on at the moment (as this painting was done about a year before covid, so it is not new), I just finished this 12×16 acrylic on linen canvas, so far titled “Still life with Apples.” It still needs a couple coats of varnish but the first one went on this morning, and I’ll finish the others before bed tonight, hopefully. This is intended for a show in October where I’ll have three still life (is it still life as a plural or still lives when we’re talking paintings? @_@) paintings.

 

Still Life with Apples by G. Krasskova, acrylic on linen.

Hope everyone is having a fruitful Saturday. I’m gallery sitting, drinking chai, and listening to vengeance country. It’s a good day. 

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on August 20, 2022, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I could easily see her being one of the Mimallones. It’s not the usual depiction of a maenad but I think that’s one of the reasons why it works. She is a challenge to the traditional notion of femininity even in her own appearance. Awesome job, Galina!

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    • To clarify for those who might not know: the Mimallones were a group of Maenads from Macedonia that cross-dressed as men. So an androgynous maenad really does work

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  2. Stunning!

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