Description There was once a prince in India who was searching for a wife. Each morning he sat by a window overlooking the marketplace. Occasionally a troupe of acrobats or street performers brought a smile to his lips, but usually he just sat in silence listening to traders and shoppers haggling over prices.One day, he heard a voice which rang out clear and sweet above all the others. Mangoes, fresh mangoes! Who will buy my lovely ripe mangoes? Rousing himself, the prince leaned out of the window and saw a girl carrying a basket of mangoes. She was very poor, but a smile lit up the princes face as he watched her walking gracefully through the crowds.How beautiful she is he sighed. And although she holds her head up high, how meek her eyes are! I must meet her straight away. He ordered a courtier to run after the mango seller and bring her to the palace.What is your name? he asked eagerly. She was so in awe of the prince that she dared not look at him and stood gazing at the floor. Rashida she whispered.Please let me see your eyes Rashida, they made me fall in love the moment I saw you. They told me your beauty hasnt made you proud, that you are indeed the woman Ive been looking for. I will be unhappy for the rest of my life if you do not agree to marry me. Rashida agreed and the prince immediately ordered preparations be made for a magnificent wedding.At first the couple were very happy, but then as the months passed Rashida began to change. When the prince told her how beautiful she was and how much he loved her, she would shrug impatiently and say I know, I know, youve told me the same thing everyday since we were married. And she never ever smiled.The months turned to years and Rashida became a woman whom the prince could hardly recognise. She was still beautiful but she was also proud and haughty. She expected the highest compliments to be paid to her everyday and all her commands to be obeyed instantly. She was cold and unfriendly to everyone.
Kirty Bell Member Since January 2017 Artist Statement Australian Pop Impressionist oil painter Kirty Bell was born in Deniliquin and grew up creating art in Albury before moving to the tropical rainforest above Cairns. Self taught she has always drawn or painted for as long as she can recall encouraged by many other artistic relatives including her mother.
Kirty currently paints on the road in her mobile studio and still somehow manages to produce amazingly detailed and beautifully deep work. Her implied narrative style is inspired by the world in which we are all immersed and often touches on political and environmental themes. Kirty's use of animals throughout her art play an important role in deciphering the meaning behind each work as they are always used symbolically.
Kirty has previously been represented by and exhibited at Hollloway Gallery on the Sunshine Coast as well as participated in International group exhibitions and been a finalist in the Lethbridge 10,000.