This painting was selected by jury for the “New Collection 2015” of the Art Rental and Sale Services of the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire
In the work presented here I have used historical symbolism and catholic representations in paintings from the 15th century, related to the idea that you gain paradise in return for a life of suffering, pain and denial. I have reinterpreted them using contemporary notions both conceptually and aesthetically. First, in asking: “If you don’t believe in afterlife, what would correspond today to the notion of heaven and hell and where would death stand?”; “What level of suffering is necessary to gain paradise and, is not hell in real life, and is not purgatory and hell two aspects of the same “? Then aesthetically, by using abstract language and mark-making which is opposition to the realism of those historical representations.
I have used an old historic genre called Vanitas in which the symbol of the skull was commonly used and loosely translated to the biblical notions of the meaninglessness and transient nature of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. My painting “Vanitas” is a historical revision of this theme.
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Acrylic, latex, spray paint, ink pencils on wood panel
30 cm x 30 cm / 12″ x 12″
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