Tombstone Palimpsest BY CHARLES T MAHER


A multi-layered palimpsest triptych painting, oil & collage on 3 mdf panels on board 45 x 83 cm mounted in a black stained hardwood frame.

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Tombstone Palimpsest triptych, based on the tombstones in the ruins of St. Andrews churchyard Church Ope Portland Dorset.

A palimpsest is generally referred to as writing material (such as a parchment or tablet) used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased. In this case it referres to something having diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.
It is in fact an old highly textured acrylic triptych which has been sanded down and over painted with oils, then having a subsequent  collage layer of paper Frottage from tombstone rubbings applied, made transparent by soaking in oil then again over painted with more transparent layers to give a multi-layered effect.