The Yellow Tomb is located in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. St. Louis Cemetery was built in 1789, making it one of the oldest in the city.
One of the first things you'll see when you visit this cemetery is a bank of "wall vaults." These tombs stack gravesites, filing cabinet style, one above the other.
Many of these vaults house families, like the tomb, featured here. After a body is interred, it is left undisturbed in the grave for a period of one year and one day. At that point, the remains may be pushed to the back of the tomb, leaving room for another body to be interred. In fact, you can see that detail in this piece.
It appears that this tomb holds four, with someone recently being added in the upper right-hand corner. That corner has been cut open and re-plastered separately from the other three.
Our process of using torn, textured paper adds a three-dimensional element to the piece, accentuating the unique history of this tomb. Paint wash is then applied, creating a warm yellow backdrop, enhancing the whites and dark grays of the tomb. The dark reds, blues, and greens around the gate contrast with the vibrant backdrop, detailing the texture of the piece.
This photo was mounted to a textured paper background on a wood panel, then enhanced with Acrylic paint, CrasPas, and Oil Pastel.
Mixed Media: Paper on wood panel, with Acrylic, CrasPas, and Oil Pastel
Original Size: 48" W x 67" H x 2" D
Print options are available for this piece in two sizes: Full Print and Half Print
Full Print: 48" W x 67" H
Half Print: 24" W x 34" H
The original is a one-of-a-kind painting. Prints are created from a photo from the original.
Prints are on High-Quality Archival Paper with UV inks.
Here is a link to the other tombs in this collection:
The painting is locally handmade in our New Orleans studio. Our gallery is located in the French Quarter at 621 Toulouse Street.
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