Ragnar, the infamous Viking warrior, met his fate at the hands of the English King Ælle of Northumbria after he was shipwrecked on the English shore. He was famously thrown into a pit of vipers. Ragnar’s Epitaph is an imagining of his long-ship, wrecked and slowly rotting where it beached.
In the 2014 international Lumen Prize, Ragnar’s Epitaph was placed in the worldwide top 100 for digital art (the Lumen Prize is the world’s pre-eminent digital art prize according to ‘The Guardian’). It was on display in the lobby gallery of the Financial Conduct Authority in Canary Wharf, London, England from November 2014 until February 2015. In 2019 the painting was selected for the cover of a book, Vikings and the Vikings, published by McFarland Publishing. The book is a collection of essays on the popular TV series, Vikings. Awarded features in eleven separate galleries on the Fine Art America website.
You can see a time-lapse video of this painting here
This is an original free-hand painting carried out on a Wacom graphics tablet.