We call that CA$H!!!
We call that CA$H!!!
8 feet tall x 8 feet wide. Acrylic + watercolor on Financial Times newspaper on top of poster board.
IMPORTANT: You are not supposed to explain your art but it’s important for me to be literal with this piece…
On the use of black to create a silhouette: the image represent the universe we live in. 64% of the universe is comprised of dark matter, this piece mirrors the cosmos. Darkness is not good nor bad, it just is. Essential. And in fact, the majority of EVERYTHING. The shapes that shine through the darkness that creates the silhouette (in this piece) I believe is the beauty of life.
Why a locomotive and why so big: continuing, life is beautiful, specifically mankind. Man’s highest achievements can be summed up in 100 marquee moments, machines, things, art, music, etc. I believe the locomotive is one of mankind’s highest achievements. The series that I am working on now is highlighting, and dear I say, worshiping the things man has created.
These achievements are larger than our lives and I wanted the size of this to emphasize our greatness. In fact all the pieces in this collection must be hung at least 10 feet off the ground so that you must look up at the these icons, marveling, paying homage and praise to ourselves… mankind. Just a thought: I get tired of watching the news and hearing about how horrible we are. Why not do visuals that honor out greatness for change?
Why newspaper with black paint: the piece is also a self portrait of me, a black guy who works in finance that is an artist. The newspaper, specifically, is the Financial Times that I read everyday. The piece is a merger between my two lives and maybe loves. If you read the actual newspaper embedded in the art you will read things that represent our contemporary world… Or maybe the right word is temporary.
Yes, my mentor is teaching me how to paint photorealistic. And I have actually done a decent job of painting this in that fashion.
However, the complexity in this piece is the OBVIOUS: the size, the locomotive, the use of black, the use of newspaper. Most people look at art and only see the aesthetics, and don’t have the opportunity to enter the artists mind to understand the different layers upon layer of the artwork: the psychological, philosophical and physical aspects that really makes the art, rather than the visuals ;)
"MOTIVE POWER" is one’s pursuit of higher virtues: art, physical fitness, Intellectual growth, prosperity - 12.01.2013
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