Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Three Graces

Unfinished painting. This was the first of a series that I never finished. The Three Graces, as people may know were the ideals of humankind. They represented charm, beauty and creativity, and were depicted throughout history by artists like Raphael, Antonio Canova, etc. 
My version has the opposite meaning. It's really the level to which humanity can / has sunk. The meat / flesh on the ground represent depravity, and the subject matter is tied to the modern world by the Coke can in the bottom left of the painting.
Ironically, the girls that posed for me for this painting were strict vegetarians. They were cool though, totally handling bloody chunks of raw meat.

1 comment:

  1. Love the blog - your commissioned works are amazing but this bares your soul and I think it brave.

    There's something reminiscently reptilian about these figures which accentuates the depravity you are seeking to depict. Interesting that one figure is aware of being watched, checking over her shoulder as if guarding prey, perhaps warning the viewer?
    What is left to do, before you are satisfied this is complete? Is this canvas or board?