‘Kissing at the Blush of Dawn’ by Niky Motekallem
Artist: Niky Motekallem
Title: ‘Kissing at the Blush of Dawn’
Medium: Pencil and gouache on vellum
Dimensions: 15.5″ x 9.5″
Framing: Framed in vintage metal frame with domed glass (frame size: 15.25″ x 9.75″)
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“Hydrangeas symbolize interconnectedness and wholeness. Tulips are a declaration of love. Auricula bears its name from Medieval Latin, which means pertaining to the ear (and is also called a bear’s ear). These flowers are brought together to symbolize the overhearing of a confession of love.
This painting originally was born from my desire to draw goliath beetles. But as I researched flowers and sketched out this piece, a story came to mind: A love story at the blush of dawn.” – Niky Motekallem
About the Artist:
Niky Motekallem is an Iranian-American illustrator who depicts flora and fauna. They use intricate lines and bright colors inspired by their Persian roots to depict natural life. When they aren’t working in the studio, Niky is figure skating, brewing a decadent cup of tea, meandering in antique shops for inspiration, on hikes with plant identification guides, or crying over an anime episode.