The Mourault Collection
The Gisèle Paintings
Daniel Ekland Exhibition
Daniel Ekland
Plate No. 2 Oil on Canvas
56 x 42 cm. The woman—or is she just a girl?—wears her hair down loose around her shoulders. It falls in dark, silken waves. She is a lovely nude, all curves and soft light. Soft shadows. Full lips set in a petulant pout, a delicate nose, long shapely legs and skin of fine ivory. But one cannot see her eyes. The blindfold is rich black silk, folded and knotted tight. She reclines on a Victorian divan with her arms stretched over the padded wooden arm. It is a provocative pose that yet seems innocent, for one senses the power is new to her. And perhaps it is not power at all. Her wrists are in shadow, and it takes a moment to see they too are tied. Her fingers reach, as if to touch, but are helpless. The arch of her back becomes tangibly more vulnerable, her body taut in anticipation or in fear. In the foreground lies a tapestry rug woven in a complex pattern and broken only by a pair of posh men’s shoes. Purposeful, yet oddly out of place, it is as if the artist forces the viewer into those shoes and beyond the role of voyeur. He paints the object of beauty and desire and leaves us to question our intent: to free her or to keep her bound—how best, as the title suggests, to possess her?
Daniel Ekland
Plate No. 1
Oil on Canvas
42 x 48 cm. The artist has rendered the scene of his death in precise detail. It is a dramatic bird’s eye view from a rocky overhang, dizzying and vertiginous. A thundering waterfall hurtles hundreds of feet down, with such violence it nearly obscures the pool below. Yet beyond the spitting whitewater one can see a spinning whirlpool, formed as the river twists away from the falls and rushes on to shallower rapids. Its motion is visceral, transfixing, a turbulent vortex that might devour whole trees and discard them like driftwood. This is not the scene of postcards but a deadly place, so wild and primordial that it’s an anachronism to spot a strip of bright cloth, marred by blood, clinging to the coarse bark of a pine. And along the shore, almost lost in the spray of the falls, a walking stick looks frail among the fallen trees fractured on the rocks. Splintered and weathered white, it is the color of bone. One can almost hear the whistling of the wind as it whips through the canyon, the trees whispering the story of what happened here, in a tongue too ancient to decipher.
    You're invited to view the "lost paintings" of artistic prodigy (and rumored psychic), Daniel Ekland - a disturbing collection that holds the key to unraveling his mysterious death five years ago. The invitations
are anonymous
and selective, and attending will lead you into a seductive maze of deception—secret ceremonies and blackmail, illicit trysts and murder. It may be the most dangerous thing you'll ever do. Featuring his famed mentor, Robin Dresden, and his gifted yet troubled former classmates at elite Devon College, the paintings are riddles containing more than a few dark secrets. Enjoy this small sampling from the exhibition. Like a Guilty Thing — coming soon…!
    Set in the stunning Cascade Mountains of Washington, Devon is an elite enclave of artists and collectors and pampered tourists. The paintings practically outnumber the residents and illusion is Devon's stock in trade. With European-inspired architecture of thatch-roof shops and stone cottages, it is well known for its charm, but beneath its facade the village is well-suited to the wild natural beauty that surrounds it. Danger lurks for those who fall prey to its seductive distractions. As Ashleigh Brent writes in Like a Guilty Thing: "A place of caprice and beguiling peril, Devon is a beautiful playground… built on a minefield. " Click on the trail to enter, but watch where you step!
    To find out more about Like A Guilty Thing, the sequel to In Malice, Quite Close, take the stairs... Coming soon!
    Don't miss out on any of the mystery.... Enter Devon and meet the characters in the prequel, In Malice, Quite Close — available in all formats at your local bookstore or online from retailers below.
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