Breaking from conventional seasonal collections, By Told brings you small drop collections throughout the year, each with one work of Art at center stage. 

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Kopie von Dark Circles_ Oil on canvas_ 107cm x 94cm 2011(CMYK 300dpi)).jpg
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DARK CIRCLES
 
2011
Oil on board
107cm x 94cm
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DARK CIRCLES
Kopie von Dark Circles_ Oil on canvas_ 107cm x 94cm 2011(CMYK 300dpi)).jpg
 
2011
Oil on board
107cm x 94cm
ORIGINAL ARTWORK
DARK CIRCLES

Sometimes everything is too much at once and still too empty. Colorful - but only on closer inspection.

 

There are encounters with others - but somehow these are strange.  

So let's take the time to look more closely.

Like to this peculiar scene.

A bird in high-heeled shoes - a goldfinch, perhaps? - stands there quite naturally in a coat with a high collar and knee pads crowning his stocking covered calves. The diagonal button line stretches up to the coat lapel, pointing us directly to this fairly awkward moment between… him and a sparrow! 

They are different species - come in different looks and sizes, one maybe even puppet-like - regarding each other attentively - but isn't this what strangers always do?

Here they stand tense, questioning each other wordlessly eye to eye, he is holding the sparrow in his feathery, giant hand. Are they trapped in this situation in a room with no windows and doors, stuck with one another? 

But wait! On the painting itself Jill Tegan Doherty lets suspense swirls emerge like the somehow animated tiles below them - almost invisible. Do they announce a forthcoming union of the two on this rippling ground, next to the fireplace? Or do they already start to escape through the chimney any second? What an exceptional moment - come in and follow them!

 
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Delphine, oil on board, 70cm x 70cm, 2015 09.28.34.tif
 
2015
Oil on board
70cm x 70cm
ORIGINAL ARTWORK
 
 
DELPHINE

Amazing ways to see the world

 

Open and with kind orange-blazing eyes, Delphine looks at us. Her neck appears so graceful and colorful, shimmering in shades of blue, green and purple. Does she resemble a proud peacock? or a tropical fish, according to her name Delphine "born from the water"? Jill Tegan Doherty left the rest of her body undefined with edgy brushstrokes – shadowy in light blue, reminding us with a smile that her kind can be quite clumsy on the ground. 

 

At a distance, we observe them in fascination circling in perfect choreography along the rooftop. Barely reachable - as in the great flocks in Venice - but still so close, you imagine their wings have brushed you. What could they possibly be doing?

 

Her beauty transcends her alluring iridescence. The white dove brethren, is loved as it flies high into the sky in marriage ceremonies, symbolizing a bright new beginning. The small feathered creature holds high hopes in her wings, also freedom and peace, symbols verging on the divine.  Our private written letters attached to her dainty legs, we trust her dearly to deliver our messages across the sky. Yet, in daily life we seem to forget, referring to pigeons as 'flying rats,’ ‘vermin of the sky,' strategically placing sharp needles to disturb ‘them' from their favorite sleeping places.

 

Nothing is definite - nothing has only one side. We have to learn to deal with all of that. Just as we do when dealing with nature and people. 

 

The more suggestively painted bodies of the animals in contrast to their elaborately painted heads and necks run throughout the series.The clothing thus aesthetically and symbolically alters the otherwise delicately feathered animals. In the series "Ornamental Stature" from 2015, Jill Tegan Doherty fuses animals with the constraints often facing human beings. Delphine stands so boldly for her painted portrait like in the Victorian era - so perfectly shaped now for our possibly revised idea of nature’s aesthetics. Jill Tegan Doherty drapes her birds in fashion to expose us to this controversy, as well as to her unbridled flights of imagination.

 

Fashion can as well be an expression of how we perceive beauty in our cultures - but also of what rules fashion imposes on us. So, what happens when you see a dove in a beautiful tulle collar with pearl buttons? Do you remind yourself of our often too ignorant approach to nature? Our sometimes changing and ambivalent image of humans and creatures? Perhaps gazing at life through a silk feather dress changes our view. Can we preserve that beauty, if we just let our heart lead ? Fashion does not have to be uniform, it can make the most colourful birds out of all of us.

Delphine, oil on board, 70cm x 70cm, 2015 09.28.34.tif
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DELPHINE
 
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DELPHINE
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THE JESTER AND THE THIEF
 
 
 
 
 


He stands there boldly and looks right at you - or does he look to the side? His gaze is scrutinizing - "is what I am experiencing here real?", he might ask himself. A room void of windows and doors, and an almost imperceptible hue on the wall, his surroundings do not seem quite right to him. Almost unnoticed, his shadow begins to rise, yet remains grounded on the strong checkered floor. Like subconsciousness itself, the shadow fades into smoke.
 
We look at him, as does the hanging skull beside him, and wonder if this could be a bad premonition... or is it a dream, evoking feelings so close to waking reality? Maybe he is feeling attentive, or vulnerable, scared and awkward? It is not easy to feel out of place and stuck and with stiff wooden legs and a striking patterned frock – and still be flashy and playful, wearing big shoe bows and an ornamental British ruff. So, be brave and let yourself be carried away into the world of dreams and your new reality!
ORIGINAL ARTWORK

2012
Oil on canvas
144cm x 103cm

 
MICRO COLLECTION 

THE JESTER AND THE THIEF
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'The Jester and the Thief' Oil on canvas, 144cm x 103cm, 2012 (300dpi-8 bit).jpg
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THE JESTER AND THE THIEF