A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World 2013: A Sold Painting by Jason Oliva.

 

A Turtle with an Elephant on its back Carrying the world Jason Oliva Painting

A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World. 2013. 45″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas.

Jason Oliva NYC ArtistThe originalTurtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World was a small drawing I made back in 2003. I was reading a book that talked about how a Hindu sees the world as being carried on the back of an elephant on the back of a turtle, which I thought was a really interesting concept. I immediately wrote this down and drew a thumbnail sketch to reinforce the reminder.

A turtle with an elephant on its back carrying the world Jason Oliva Painting

I wanted to use the enthusiasm of the original sketch when the time came to make it into a painting. I liked the sketch so much that I ended up doing nothing more than making the sketch the painting itself … I thought it was kind of funny that a tiny drawing became a large work on canvas. I completed the painting in 2012 and it sold earlier this year.

A turtle with an elephant on its back carrying the world Jason Oliva Painting studio inki

Jason Oliva with Turtle With Elephant on its Back Carrying the World owner in Tribeca studio. 2013.

A Turtle With an Elephant on its Back Carrying the World is available as a work on paper!

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Turtle With Elephant … Medium Work on Paper. 22” x 30”.

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