Thursday, June 18, 2015
I started this series painting silent film male clowns. I did a couple studies of them. But it wasn't working as the protagonist for the series. I was heading towards art class holding a painting. I heard a guy say "paint more females." It annoyed me, but it gave me a challenge. The whole Eye of God series was mostly male subjects in a spiritual journey. Women are the solitary subjects here.
The girls are silly, they are like male women, think Freddy Munster with eyelashes.I was inspired by the old painting Watson the Shark. A classical painting like Jacques Louis David with a shark coming out of it. They are two dissimilar elements. Mormons in the past were tarred and feathered. The snake is that reality. The front is spirituality that is green hills and sunsets
Monday, June 1, 2015
The paintings are of silent film clowns. I love silent film clowns because they are goofy and innocent. I painted them in the middle. Anahid Ah, an artist from Uruguay painted her figures around him. It turned out excellent and fun. I hope to do some collaborations from artists in the future. Always unpredictable!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Friday, March 20, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Eye of God represents the heavenly force that is watching over us. In viewing this series I want the viewer to not think of the hell and brimstone idea of God, but one of celebration and merriment. The symbol for the Eye of God can be seen in Persian and Egyptian art. These eyes are forceful, majestic and royal. The black outline of the eye has a very prominent and firm presence.
Despite his omniscience and omnipotent power, I believe God has a sense of humor. Figures in these paintings are either working hard or being silly. The dichotomy of such an existence makes me think of good-hearted pranks between college fraternity or sorority students who are serious about their education.
As a person raised in the Mormon church I grew up learning that all people existed before we were born. My whole life I’ve wondered how we would have been if we were babies living in the presence of God. I imagine spirit babies as free and youthful beings running around their celestial world. I think of God as a kind of big spirit baby among the children. In the series God is a jolly, slightly pudgy figure with a warm, inviting grin on his face.
I want people to view spirituality as a positive and fun experience. I invite you to join me in this joyful exhibition about our Creator.