Oil on Panel
Heike Mongatari is a Japanese epic from the 13th century. This epic based on the traditions and struggles of the 13th century Japan inspired Trelis to be able to reflect on the showiness, power, strength, and traditions of medieval Japan. Power struggles and their consequences.
Given the complexity of this work and the time it took to paint, Trelis has realised the impossibility of representing every single mood and spirit the epic gave us. He had to imagine the work in his head and the mood and spirit he felt from it.
He compiled a study of elements of medieval Japanese culture and felt the painting had to be clear in his head before he could begin. A concept he had quite defined from the start was that the work was going to be a triptych.
Each panel represent a different season and shows a year’s cycle.