‘Giant Hybrid Hibiscus Butterfly’ is an artist’s proof giclée print on watercolor paper after the 2003 original, signed and dated by the artist in the lower right. The composition emphasizes morphological play as the viewer observes a butterfly transform into a hibiscus flower and back again. The butterfly’s petal-wings are adorned with floral designs, creating a pictorial palimpsest of Barnett’s hybrid insect-flower imagery. A pair of whorling plumes below the butterfly resemble a pair of eyes, further blurring the boundaries between flora and fauna. Through his subtle experimentation with abstraction, Barnett deftly captures the constant fluctuations of the butterfly’s form.
Giclée print on watercolor paper after original 2003 oil pastel and watercolor
9.5 x 7.5 inches, artwork
18.375 x 17.375 inches, frame
Signed and dated in lower right
"AP I/XXV" written in lower left
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, UF5 Plexiglas to inhibit fading, and housed in a gold finish wood moulding.