Mask Salesman

6.50"W x 10.20"H x 0.1"D

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Gabriel Zea


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: figurative, printmaking, mask, oriental, watercolor, surreal

Media: ink, watercolor on paper

Size: 6.5"W x 10.2"H x 0.1"D

Year Created: 2018

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A lithograph of a drawing I created that I've painted with watercolor. I made up the image when I was doing a study abroad in Japan. It's inspirations are the bamboo groves I was enamored by, and the Noh masks I saw in museums that both frightened and intrigued me. I tried to make the rendering reminiscent of woodblock prints, as I enjoy the fantasy world that those prints imply, where unnatural forms have a beauty in their design. In this drawing I wanted to convey a feeling of something growing, of the masks causing something irregular to form. The masks themselves have blue streaks that imply tears, as I wanted them to be symbolic of metaphoric masks we wear, when we want or need unfortunately to seem like something we are not.

The piece is framed.

Born in Singapore in 1989 to a Colombian family, and raised in Houston, Texas. Currently working in NYC and Long Island. Avid reader, music obsessor, and oil painter. Interested in the technical possibilities of oil paint, and finding a method to represent our image-saturated contemporary reality. Website and more imagery at gabrielzeaart.com

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