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Liz Sykes
Collection: Yoruba Deities of Africa

Yoruban Deities is an artistic journey and a visual experience which can provide an educational vehicle for all to learn from. It symbolically depicts the most noteworthy divinities of the African based religion, Regla de Ocha. This religion, more frequently recognized as “Santeria” or “Lucumi” originated in Nigeria took shape in Cuba during and after the slave trade and reached North America through Afro-Cuban immigration. Aspects of Catholicism were freely borrowed by this religion (as a means of a survival tactic and/or disguise) and the identification of Catholic saints with the deities of Orisha worship became common among slaves. An Orisha is a spiritual being that possesses a divine power.
The supreme orishas in this pantheon such as Obatala, Ellegua, Chango, Ochun, Ogun, Yemeya and Oya are all patrons of an idea or of occurrences in nature. These African Goddesses and Gods of are exquisitely depicted and beautifully painted by the renowned fantasy artist, “Liz Sykes”.
 
Parris Studios is proud to feature Liz Sykes’ visionary Fantasy Art work which is available as limited edition giclee on canvas and paper.

Queen of the Damned. The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Ellegua. Ellegua is the Guardian of the crossroads and one Africa’s most respected Gods. Known as, “The one who opens doors” he is the first deity all must go to before contacting any other. In this rendition, he stands at the opening of a doorway; protecting the entry way and preventing harm from entering. His colors, red and black boarder the opening frame which is protected by rock-like Ellegua heads with cowie shell faces. Ellegua’s strong arms are outstretched; his muscular physic poised as this trickster protects travelers, and bestows fortune and misfortune. The illuminated doorway symbolizes the mysteries of what lies beyond on the shadowy crossroads of life.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Ochune. Ochun is the goddess of sweetness, love and sexuality. She is also the goddess of river waters. This painting depicts Ochun’s sweet, yet dominating presences as she admires her own reflection and future projections in her calm blue waters. With her hands held high above her head, she unifies and fertilizes the world, by standing majestically in her natural element. The ritual fan above her head helps to cool her passionate energies. The waterfalls symbolize her powerful energy, which naturally prevail in any course of fresh water. The frame of the painting is her regal sanctuary, which both encases and protects this beautiful goddess with peacock feathers and sunflowers. These elements symbolize her favorite animal and flower and are symbols of all seeing instruments of things to come.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Obatala. Obatala is the creator of man kind. He is considered to be the Father and the oldest of all the other African gods and goddesses. Known as The King of the White Cloth, the wise and gentle Obatala is shown suspended in a realm existing somewhere between time and space. His crown hovers over his head to symbolizing his greatness. Holding a traditional staff, this majestic African God is draped in his color white, which represents purity and cleanliness. The white horse tail wane, which is traditionally used by high priests to cleanse the body of negative energy and illness, serves to protect the children of his universe so that evil cannot touch them. Eight spherical emblems linger in the outer cosmos to symbolically depict the various legends that are associated with this great deity.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Yemaja. Yemaja is the Universal Goddess of the Sea and mother to all of life’s creations. In this painting, Yemaja is out at sea, controlling ocean currents and tides. Her symbol, the cowrie shells, orbits her oceanic world representing the eternal circle of life. This circle also symbolizes infinity, unity, and her ceremonial dance; which is performed in a circle. The moon-lit reflections of her favorite colors blue, white and silver illuminates her clear blue dress, pearls and jewels. Yemaja’s colorful sea shells helps the divine ones to communicate with the universe. Throughout this magical piece of art, the number seven is prevalent which represents Yemaja and the seven seas that radiate within her.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Oya_. Oya is the warrior=goddess of the wind and the guardian of the underworld. In this painting Oya`s spirit manifests in the form of extreme change, powerful winds and the forces of life and death. Her number `nine` is symbolically utilized (the nonagon, in her crown, drifting spirits, nine ranks of angels, and in her beading to encapsulate her world) to represent the various aspects which Oya...Warrior-goddess of the wind.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Chango. Shango is the divine God of the Sky- the mighty lord of lightning and thunder. Recognized as a royal ancestor of Yoruba, this powerful King of the Oyo Empire is considered to be at the heart of all cultural traditions. In this depiction, the master of strategy and tactics rules over three separate worlds; kingdoms were his ability to go into any situation and win against the odds, for himself and his followers are guaranteed. With his double-headed axe<br />raised high, this fearless warrior opens the sky to serve swift and balanced justice on a Yoruba village down below. Fitting only for Africa’s Greatest King, the frame is embellished in gold leaf. The intricate border art rhythmically symbolizes Shango’s instrument “The Bata Drum,” which represents his rule over music, the Art of Dance and Entertainment. In addition, his sacred animal “The Ram,” his number, six and his favorite colors, red and white are also stylishly interwoven into this framework. The currents of water reflect the great stories of Shango’s life, fiery character and destiny.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art. Ogun. Ogun is the God of war and metal. In this painting he is depicted as a divine iron worker who labors eternally without rest. This powerfully built fighter invokes the moon rays of the cosmos by raising his mighty sword in one hand and swinging his unyielding hammer in the other. The metal objects represent all minerals, especially iron and reflects Ogun’s staunchness and spiritual strength. His colors, black and green personify this warrior’s brute force. Encased in his jungle surroundings, Ogun exemplifies his raw energy by challenging the universe and all those who dare.<br />The original is in a private collection. This image is available on flat canvas prints or on gallery wrapped embellished canvas prints fit for a museum. <br />*Note-Contact artist for pricing if interested in gallery wrapped art.
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