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Dante

24.00"W x 18.00"H x 1.0"D

$500 (Shipping Included)

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Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: movies, hollywood, people, realism, face, man, figure, portrait, fire, character, comic, life, contemporary

Media: oil on canvas, gallery, wrapped

Size: 24"W x 18"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2015

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In titling the piece "Dante" I am playing off "Dante's Inferno". The story behind this work is the juxtaposition of a blazing fire in the foreground with an uncommonly relaxed man in the background. The painting is carefully rendered in a realistic style but with the freedom of creating an image that does not exist. With this creative freedom, I can add elements that help the artwork tell a story. My hope is for each person to imagine more than the painting is showing. For me, the length of ash at the end of the cigarette and the man's expression of quiet satisfaction feels like he is far from panic and not in any hurry to escape. Did he set the fire? Does he care? Is he pleased? His eyes seem cold as he calmly stares back at the viewer, almost begging to be confronted.
It was important to me to give the man a 1920s look to add another layer to the curious image.
Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas - standard size. The edges are painted and may be hung straight out of the box. If a frame is desired, this work will fit a standard open back frame. Quality inexpensive frames can be found at Dick Blick. http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-simplon-plein-air-frames/

Art and creativity has always been part of who I am, but I only really started to focus on painting full time at the age of 50, following a long and successful career in advertising. As an artist, I love working in many different styles and exploring a wide range of subject matters. The beauty of online galleries lies in their eclectic art collections, and without the pressure of brick and mortar galleries dictating what I paint, I am free to paint whatever inspires me. Painting for me is an experience of falling headlong into inspiration. An image I come across will stick in my head and refuse to leave until it finds its way onto the canvas. My work is visually diverse, and there are very few painting styles that don’t inspire me in someway or another. My paintings range from abstract and cubist, to impressionistic and realistic. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by quirky and retro TV shows to tell a story through my paintings. The lighting and cinematography of these shows inspire me to paint dramatic moments in time, and I create unique, intriguing characters that are open to interpretation.

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