Scorpions have fascinated me for a long time. Their physique, their symbolic meaning.

Although the scorpion is a relatively small animal, it still scares many people. Its sting can quickly become a deadly weapon, depending on the species. A lightning-fast hit with its stinger kills opponents that are many times heavier and larger than the small scorpion.

Thus, the scorpion can stand as a symbol for many things: Death and doom, courage and strength, but also life and protection.
Among the Maya, the scorpion symbolized the lonely and dangerous fighter, as well as among the Maori. Among the ancient Greeks, too, the scorpion symbolized warlike activity.

In Asia and Africa, the symbol of the scorpion often represents both death and life. In the ancient Japanese meaning of the scorpion symbol, the animal stood for wisdom and justice. In ancient Egypt, the scorpion usually signified protection, but also life and death.


Thus in 2007, I made the following two paintings with charcoal and acrylics on canvas.


Scorpion I

Charcoal, acrylics on canvas


Scorpion II

Charcoal, acrylics on canvas


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The visual artist Gabriel Bur
Photo by Andrea Speer, Berlin 2016

The visual artist Gabriel Bur, student of Anna Adam and Beuys scholar of the second generation. Fine art painting and drawing, object art and sculpting; experimental arts.

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