These two illustrations are based on Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. They represent two very different moments: In “Do not tremble, my dear son”, taken from the beginning of the story, the Queen of the Night tells her sad story to Tamino; in “The Sun’s rays drive out the night”, the end of the story, Sarastro welcomes Pamina and Tamino into the Temple of the Sun after undergoing several trials.
They were created as a kind of diptych, this is why the compositions create some symmetry when put side by side. Both required a lot of research and taking reference pictures, but the Egyptian styled temple was the most difficult yet fun thing to paint.
“The Sun’s rays drive out the night” was part of the international group exhibition “Babalunga i Kamolongos” that took place in Valencia, Spain from December 17, 2021 to January 16, 2022.