The inspiration for two of my newest paintings, Gilded Man 1 & 2, came in part, from the Hercules of the Forum Boarium (an ancient Roman cattle market), that now resides at the Palazzo dei Conservatori in Rome.
Hercules of the Forum Boarium, 100-200 BC, Palazzo dei Conservatori
The power, simplicity and obviously, the gold shimmer of this ancient piece is captivating. When I was recently reacquainted with it, I was struck with a desire to "gild" a figure (or two) of my own. Having used metallic spray paint in the past, as attributes to the figure, I decided now that I would use it on the figure itself. Very happy with the results!
Gilded Man 1, latex and metallic spray paint on canvas, 30 x 48" (76.2 x 121.92 cm), 2018
Gilded Man 2, latex and metallic spray paint on canvas, 30 x 48" (76.2 x 121.92 cm), 2018