Though not a literal translation of the mythical Minotaur, the figure in this painting is intended to serve as an emotional portrait of the ill-fated character. Confrontational and alone, the Minotaur peers out at the viewer, somewhere between beast and man. The malice is still present, but at the moment he appears perhaps vulnerable, himself a victim of his unnatural circumstances.
The graphic strokes around the head are a suggestion of the famous horns. Seen in context with my 2016 piece "Theseus and the Minotaur", this piece plays an earlier part in the drama, when the Minotaur roams the Labyrinth unchallenged by the might of the great hero Theseus.
The Minotaur, latex paint on canvas, 36x48", 2018