The Light of Knowledge
Oil and copper leaf on aluminum panel,
Image: 48"h x 36"w, framed: 54.25"h x 42.25"w, Item No. 18503,
This painting is an early preview of new work for Robin Jones's debut show with Blue Rain Gallery titled "One Thread." "One Thread" opens October 29, 2021.
Once common throughout Asia and Africa, elephant numbers fell dramatically in the 19th and 20th centuries, largely due to the ivory trade and habitat loss. While some populations today are stable, poaching, human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. When placed on top of a pillar, an elephant is said to evoke ‘the light of knowledge’ and is thus depicted in a great deal of Buddhist architecture.