Watercolor, acrylic with airbrush and oil on paper.
Painted surface 76.5 x 46.5 cm. (30.12 x 18.31 in.) in a format of 96 x 67.5 cm. (37.8 x 26.57 in.).
Year of realization 2003
Signed on the bottom right of the piece.
Published on the inside of the author's book Dark Labyrinth, pages 54-55. Edited in different languages and internationally distributed.
This work brings together all the recognizable characteristics of Luis Royo's work: fantasy, sensuality and provocation. Included in his author's book Dark Labyrinth, he anticipates, together with the other works of this book, the aesthetics of the moment, and influences and marks an entire generation of creators of images that are currently published in that line.
"The pleasure and beauty as subversion of power and even religions. The pleasure and its search as a right of man".
"Although they appear to be the shadow of the King, as mere decorative elements, Queens exercise great influence. Because of this, Queens usually acquire more relevance than their husbands because while kings have power, Queens have many Powers. In front of power, the world obeys, but in front of the many Powers, the world is transformed.
There is a queen of love and another of panic. There are queens of unfulfilled desires and forgotten caresses, of impossible projects, lost glances, remembered dreams, of secret pain, and of the baited breath. There is also a queen who dies with the full moon and is reborn on the fourth waning of the moon.
There are discreet queens, small queens, and those without crowns. All are extraordinarily influential. There are queens of the common life and daily routines. There are queens of lost socks, queens of blunders, queens of broken nails, and queens of chipped plates, empty trays, disorganized drawers, and a queen of sad smiles. There is even a queen without powers that only serves to console the unsuccessful.
The queen’s crown is not made of gold or precious jewels, but with a touch of night and a few drops of silver. On the feminine heads, black crowns with eyes can be found, with sharpened points of hair, shark bones, scarab wings, and water that springs from a fountain of red lips.
There exists a damned queen, banished from all other kingdoms. Outlawed since the beginning of time, she has grown in solitude and has made herself as high as the flight of an eagle and as scarce as the flapping of a vulture. She moves through all pathways, wrapped in her black robes, confident that one day she will conquer the world. This is her majesty Death".
- Fantastic Art
"The shadows grew stronger with each painting, but now he was at the last. It was weighed down by a great horror. It appeared to be the darkest. It held some not yet confessed part of the old man that had pooled into its dark frame".
- Dark Labyrinth