This painting is part of my VISAGES collection - portraits of the emotions, motivations, or states portrayed in Homer's The Iliad. The honor, pain and fury of these 3,000 year old characters are sought out and exposed through the modern mediums of oil, latex and spray paint.
The fury of Diomedes, latex paint on canvas, 18 x 25", 2017
One of Greece's greatest warriors, king of Argos, and often a partner in Odysseus' schemes, Diomedes is another favorite of the goddess Athena. She endows him with supernatural strength, and he proceeds to defeat many Trojan heroes as well as injuring the very gods themselves.
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Exited to be releasing my latest mini-collection, 4 paintings in a series titled VESTIS. "Vestis" is the Latin term for drapery, which this collection pairs my figures with, creating a very classic and expressive element.
Today is the 516th birthday of the Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini, born November 3, 1500 in Florence.
Benvenuto Cellini's Perseus with the head of Medusa in Rome
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Happy to announce that I recently won the "Figure and Gesture Award" in the Minted Drawing & Sketching Art Challenge with my piece Drawing 369 - Standing Man! You might remember this was also one of two of my drawings to win Editors' Picks awards in the same challenge. Along with a monetary award, this piece is now offered as a high quality print on Minted's site.
As I pack up this recent painting for a new customer, I reflect on its loose (as Demosthenes was known primarily as an orator and statesman) inspiration - the 1859 painting by Delacroix "Demosthenes declaiming the seashore". Delacroix's theme for this work comes from the legend of Demosthenes orating over the waves of the sea to increase the power of his voice.
Philosopher by the sea, latex & acrylic paint on canvas, 30 x 48", 2015, private collection, Las Vegas, NV
Eugene Delacroix Demosthenes declaiming the seashore, 1859, oil on paper mounted on wood, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
With this new painting, I thought I would document a bit of the process along the way! Below on the left, you can see the first "sgraffito" technique of scratching lines into a base of wet white paint.
It was at the stage on the above right that I decided the positioning of the hands did not convey the theme to my liking - the theme of a figure using all his strength to break an unbreakable object. I decided some drastic change in position was in order.
With the hands better positioned to convey might and effort, I was able to put the finishing touches on: Hercules breaking the bonds of Prometheus, latex and acrylic paint on canvas, 36 x 48", 2016