About this artwork
Artist John Kelly presents French painter Ninon Luang Rath in classical realism. The piece harnesses a wash of sunlight to animate a lush, gold-patterned fabric, creating a landscape-like covering of her form. The drinking vessel at her foot suggests somnolence. And the turning of her head from the viewer suggests melancholy, says John. The posture of her hand, characteristic of John's work, evokes an internal tension.