Xeno's Daughter, Velia

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2006 oil on canvas 18 x 24ins (45 x 60cm)

A bikinied sun-bather relaxes on the beach below the ruins of Velia. Once the greek city of Elea it was home to an important school of philosophy including Parmenides and Xeno. Her indifference to the classical heritage on the hill behind her struck me as a present-day paradox. Hence the title.