The fantasy collection

“Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”

By Ailene Cuthbertson

© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, “Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”. Digital painting.
© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, “Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”. Digital painting.

The stranger nodded. His fingers started to flicker across the lute strings.

“Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”

Trianna lifted her head and stared into those glittering jet black eyes. She found herself standing, her hands clapping a beat for the others around the fire. The word meant nothing to her, but she knew that somehow she was dancing the Sashiana. Her body swirled between the music and sparking firelight.

And this time, it was not a dream.

  • Title “Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”
  • Artist Ailene Cuthbertson
  • Medium Digital painting
  • Year 2015

Cliftons Art Prize

Cliftons Art Prize, Auckland finalist 2015

Part of the fantasy collection

Inspired by escaping into (& writing my own) fantasy stories. Stand in the forgotten wasteland of the fire dancers, awaken a legend, sing with water dancers, or twirl in sparking firelight…

“Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”

is digital art, giclée printed with long-life ink on 100% cotton rag fine art paper – a high quality print that will last a lifetime.

© 2015, Ailene Cuthbertson, “Tell me”, he said lazily, “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”.

This print comes professionally framed with a dark frame, ready to hang.

Detail of the frame for the limited edition fine art prints by Ailene Cuthbertson

Choose from two print sizes:

The medium size is A2 (42 cm x 60 cm)
and is limited edition of 25

$500

The large size is A0 (84 cm x 119 cm)
and is limited edition of 5

$1200

What others have wondered

Why is this a print? Where’s the original?

This image is a digital artwork created on the computer, which means the original artwork is data sitting on a hard drive. It needs to be printed to bring it into the real world.

What’s a giclée print?

Giclée is a term used to refer to fine art prints made with long-life ink and paper. It means your print is gallery-quality and will last a lifetime.

For ink, I use genuine Epson high dynamic range ink – a high-quality ink that has a longevity of up to 200 years and produces sharp images with beautiful smooth tones. For papers, I chose 100% cotton rag fine art papers from Ilford. They’re a thick weight, have a clean matt surface, and are perfect for crisp detail and bright, vivid colours. And these fine art papers have no optical brighteners so colours last even longer.

What does a limited edition mean?

For this collection, the large-sized print is a limited edition of 5, which means only 5 prints of that size will ever be produced – so it makes your print more exclusive. The medium-sized print is a limited edition of 25. And, to authenticate your print and make it a one-off, I hand-sign and number each print with traditional graphite pencil.


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What appealed to me most about [Ailene’s] art was how each piece both told a story in itself and linked with other paintings and the other figures to a wider story as well.

You feel like you have a chapter, a piece of the narrative, while the story continues to unfold elsewhere.

Also, each piece has its own strong, vibrant palette and colouration – almost again like a separate chapter – so I was able to buy the individual piece that spoke to me and fit with my home and other art easily.

Gareth from Cambridge

I like Ailene’s art because it seems like every picture is alive. I feel like it’s not just a picture, it’s a kind of unsaid story that makes me look closer and wonder about it.

I bought my favourite print and have told all my friends to look at Ailene’s art. My favourite painting is “Does the dance of the Sashiana mean anything to you?”. I loved it at first sight. I belly dance, and the artwork reminds me that there are people who share my passion for dancing.

Lena from Tauranga