‘Memento Mori’ by Karl Trewhela
Artist: Karl Trewhela
Title: ‘Memento Mori’
Medium: Pen and Ink – Copic Multiliner 0.03 on Heavyweight Art Board
Dimensions: 11.7″ x 8.25″
Framing: Framed (Frame Size: 14.5″ x 11″)
Year of Creation: 2019
About the Artwork:
“This piece, as the title emphasizes, is about the inevitability of death. Far from being pessimistic, it’s a message of understanding mortality and staying strong through the difficulties and enjoying the better times. Life is too fleeting to waste on the materialistic and superficial, follow your passions that give meaning to a precious, beautiful and trying existence. I spent over a 100 hours drawing Memento Mori, starting with the raven and letting each part inspire the next without knowing where it would take me. I hope it can resonate a sense of tranquility and courage, which I for one always strive for and need.” – Karl Trewhela
About the Artist:
Karl Trewhela was born in Dublin to a South African father and an Irish mother. The youngest of five children and brought up in the South East of England, Karl drew from a very early age. Taken to wildlife parks as a young boy, drawing animals, nature has always been and continues to be a tremendous influence.
He received his BA Honors in Illustration & Visual Communication at Middlesex University, however, self-taught on the whole, using life and the great pen masters of the past as his teachers. Forever fascinated with the detail, delicacy and emotional power of traditional drawing and in particular ink work, Karl uses the finest pen points within a dreamy landscape. A visceral, therapeutic and meditative journey exploring feelings, balance, the wonder and absurdity of life.
The authenticity and strength of the dimmest of light shining through the dark is paramount, a sign of hope.
Exhibited in London and Seattle.