A Fading Star


‘A Fading Star’ takes its title from a line in T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Hollow Men’ (‘Falls the Shadow’ is drawn from the same poem). The painting weaves together several references; the orbits of heavenly bodies, the iconography of haloes, fading stars of the silver screen and Asteria, the goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars.

This is an excerpt from the poem:
Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Oil on Linen
76cm x 101cm
Private Collection
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© Kieran Ingram 2018