Hubris Oil Painting
This piece has seen me through some of my most turbulent years thus far and in those years much of my philosophy of how best to portray themes in my conceptual pieces has changed..
William Lonsdale Watkinson's quote
"But denunciatory rhetoric is so much easier and cheaper than good works, and proves a popular temptation. Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness."
... ends the epilogue of my bio for a reason.
Thus my episodic progression with 'Hubris' these past 10 years+ were not without some misgivings. It never ceased it's call to my soul to be completed though, and despite the long interval, unfortunately, the themes portrayed are as relevant now as if I had started it 50 years ago (let's just ignore its varying reiterations throughout human history)..
The nourishing life force of our earth is represented by the turkey, here being stripped down to its bone by a system that perpetuates and sustains the insatiable greed of the few, accumulating power as their plates overflow. Yet still this avarice has no bounds as the earth is continually raped of every morsel, withering in greed's grasp and turning a deathly greenish hue.. Any remorse from the former or resistance from the latter, is keep in check with mans adept ability to conceal unpleasant truths and 'colour' realities, as the abundant swell of food in the foreground glistens an unnatural dyed glow of health.
Meanwhile the proverbial fake carrot is ever at hand to entice and distract the masses, keeping them fighting over themselves just for a taste.. (Hope is provided with a conspiring few in the distance).. Note the inconspicuously hidden blank notes in the over stuffed wallet of our monetary system etc..
On the table, just above the plate of putrid food, dyed an unnatural hue, is carved with familiar conceit
'ANDY WAS HERE'.
(the root origin of the name Andy is Man)
Photo reference :- turkey carcass by clang boom steam (Flickr)
- weathered wood by m.gifford (Flickr)
Both were under the Creative Commons (for commercial use, adaptation, modification or to be built upon).
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Comes Unframed (In context view pictures are just digital mockups)
Medium: Oil on Canvasboard
Size: 12 x 14.5 x 0.65 Inches
This piece has been undeniably authenticated with my thumbprint in oil, and signed and dated on the back with waterproof, archival pigment black ink.
Comes with a signed 'Certificate of Authenticity'.
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Creating ' Hubris '. . .
Images of the beginning stages of this piece were lost (the preliminary drawing, the detailed umber toned acrylic underpainting, and the preliminary stages of the dead layer) when my camera was stolen in a house break in back in 2011.
This piece was created using almost exactly the same technique as this painting.
The Calm After and Settling Back For the Good Stuff
More info on exactly what to expect when purchasing 'Hubris ' . . .
'Certificate of Authenticity' with details of the piece...
This piece has been undeniably authenticated with my thumbprint on the back in oil and signed and dated on the back with waterproof,
archival pigment black ink.
Created in 2021
Protected with Daler Rowney Satin Varnish.
As this piece is gallery wrapped, it may be displayed framed or unframed.
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