Our Lady, Breaker of Chains

Our Lady Breaker of Chains webThis piece was inspired by the Black Madonna and in part by the fictionalised version ‘Our Lady of Chains’ from the book ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd. It also bears influence from the Haitian lwa, Mama Erzulie Dantor. I really wanted to portray a strong African-American Black Madonna after my more traditional Eastern Orthodox one and my Black Isis. And something was nagging me for ages to do a painting involving bees! Acrylic and gold leaf on wood (8in x 10in).

3 Responses to “Our Lady, Breaker of Chains”

  1. Babette Bourgeois June 6, 2020 at 1:57 pm #

    This is such a beautiful image of the Black Madonna.
    Is she jus available in canvas or do you have other options a like note cards?

    • nicphillips June 6, 2020 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you! I sell prints and cards on my Etsy shop, search for ‘Nic Phillips Sacred Art’. For a greater selection of products featuring the design, look me up on Redbubble!


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