Animals paintings: Roosters, Peacocks, Owls, Turtles, Butterflies,
Alpha Animals: Brown Bears, Lions, Elephants, Gorillas,
Endangered Animals: Pangolins, Giraffes, Panda bears
Underwater Animals: Whales, Dolphins, Polar Bears
What animal, what symbol?
Flo's animal paintings depict roosters, peacocks, owls, turtles, giraffes, lions, pangolines, bears, and many more.
Flo loves animals and the symbolism of each animal. The elephant for instance is a symbol for intelligence! The owl for wisdom! Flo started her animal series a few years ago with the rooster as he is the mascot for her country of origin: France.
Are French people proud?
"A few years ago I was amused by the fact that the mascot for France is the rooster and he's supposed to be a very proud animal. However I soon discovered that other cultures cherish the rooster too and give him some special meaning. In China for instance the rooster has the five attributes of a good spouse: responsibility, courage, fidelity, kindness and confidence.
Then I decided to represent peacocks first because they look beautiful and also because I discovered that they are the only animals who are capable of eating a poisonous plant in the forest but still grow superb feathers. I thought that it was a message to all of us: sometimes we have to swallow poisonous circumstances, go through challenges and still carry on. It is our choice to have a beautiful life.
After the roosters and the peacocks, I painted several owls because they are a symbol for wisdom and their eyes are, which look so big in the dark, are supposed to protect me. There are so many owls with various plumage but they all seem to stare at me and guard me from evil.
After the peacocks and the owls I continued with another species that flies: butterflies. They are a symbol for change and new beginnings. For Christians they even symbolize resurrection. The caterpillar dies to become a butterfly. He leaves his old skin to grow a new body with new possibilities. He can rise higher in the sky!
Then I was commissioned to paint a few turtles. And I was fascinated by the way they move slowly but surely, looking very strong and determined. I discovered that they are a symbol for longevity and perseverance.
The King of the animals and his cub
After that I thought that I could go even further with the meaning and messages of my animals paintings. I started my series of "Alpha Animals" in 2019. In this particular series I want to show the fine line between power, strength, and vulnerability. As Steve Jobs said we're all the same in front of illness and death whatever our successes, accomplishments and wealth might be. I want to question the relationship between a big and powerful animal such as a lion or an elephant, and a tiny and vulnerable one such as a cub or a mouse. Between an old lion and his youngster who is actually the most vulnerable one? Is it the cub still frail on his paws or the old lion who knows that he's approaching the end of its power and life. And this mama gorilla holding her baby? Isn't she one of the strongest animals on Earth? And yet she looks so vulnerable as her baby is already trying to leave and be independent. My big brown bear who is walking towards two little rabbits in love, isn't he the strong one and yet he looks puzzled. Doesn't he suddenly feel lonely and vulnerable at the sight of so much love?
I also painted a few animals who have become extremely vulnerable because they are "endangered". They are hunted and killed. Their species might even not survive. I want to show how beautiful the pangolin or the giraffe are. And that we have to respect and even help them live through their current challenges: from the big fires in Australia to the ocean of plastic, animals have never been as vulnerable and threatened as today. I am just starting a new series of underwater creatures surrounded with plastic. It might make you cry in front of so much beauty and yet so much threat."
From the Chinese calendar to Mexican murals
Flo de Bretagne started to paint her series of animals a few years ago when it was the year of the rooster and she had seen a beautiful illustration of a rooster in a Chinese calendar. She found inspiration in many more places: a Renaissance sculpture in Italy, aboriginal art in Australia, tribal paintings in South India, Mexican mural art. Integrating all of these Flo made her own and unique series of colorful and magnificent animals. They all have a strong personality and are a symbol for something positive. We might let ourselves be inspired by Flo's animals paintings.
Contact Flo to inquire about her available animal paintings or if you want to commission the animal which you love the most.
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