Token of love, 2020
Token of love
These works of my art hold a special place in my heart and also have a distinguished personal significance, as the representation of the Lover’s Eyes is a token of my own love story.
The theme for these paintings was inspired by the story of the “Lover’s Eye”, the miniature painted portraits, embedded into gem brooches, made famous by King George the IVth, as a token for his one true love, Maria Fitzherbert. This is a modern time interpretation of the story, inspiring you to share it as a gift to your closest ones, as a token of love and affection.
As all traditions evolve into deeper and more varied meanings and nuances, so did the “Lover’s Eye”, when Queen Victoria made them popular as objects symbolizing a wider palette of affection tokens for family and friends.
The series includes a total of fourteen paintings, out of which the two main pieces visually represent the central subject of the story. Such as the gems framing the Lover’s Eyes miniature paintings had traditionally symbolized messages of love, affection, friendship, or even wisdom or protection, so do the other 12 paintings of the collection, surrounding the main characters and having the role to spread the word of love, peace, and affection into the world.
It was my wish to create this modern time interpretation of the story and inspire you to share it as a gift to your closest ones, but this time, to also attach your own arrangement, variation, and personal message of love to it.