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Category: painting

Twister

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Twister      Digital Image 2017

Gift For Apollo

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Gift For Apollo     Digital Image 2017

Night Bus

Night Bus

Night Bus Digital Image 2015

Cherry Front

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Cherry Front 2015

Marvelous Taffy Face

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Marvelous Taffy Face    2014 digital image

Black Star

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Black Star Digital image 2014

Windmill 10

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Windmill 10 2009 Acrylic on wood

Here’s one from my Burning Windmill series.

Difference of Opinion

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Difference of Opinion 2017

Work in progress; this is a digital re-imagining of a painting I did years ago. Feels kinda relevant at the moment.

Myths and Confetti

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Myths and Confetti 2016 

Alphonse Mucha: The Slav Epic

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The Oath of Omladina (detail) unfinished 1926

It was a Christmas miracle! Ok maybe not a miracle, but it always seems miraculous when an artist receives funding to realize their artistic vision. This is what happened on Christmas Day 1909 when a wealthy Chicago businessman agreed to fund renown Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha‘s ambitious Slav Epic. Ambitious would be an understatement; the work consists of 20 large scale paintings, some ranging in size of 26 by 20 feet. The series consumed the last decades of his life.

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The Abolition of Serfdom in Russian 1914

The series depicts the history of the Slav people and serve as a monument to both celebrate them and inspire them. The works have a very cinematic scope with their muted palettes and hints of the mystical and the magical. He employs the tricks he learned throughout his years of developing Art Nouveau but the series never truly veers into this realm.

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The Celebration of Svantovit 1912

I wasn’t too familiar with the work of Mucha before we stepped foot into the National Gallery in Prague. You are immediately struck by the scale of these works. It appears to be a cast of 1000s. The room is painted a neutral grey and the lighting is low so that even though the works are painted in a muted palette, they pop. These are those rare works that become more rewarding the longer you spend with them.

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The Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria 1923

Unfortunately my photos do them no justice, take a look here for a much better survey. If you find yourself in Prague and are tired of the masses on Charles Bridge, Mucha’s Slav Epic is a welcome respite from the madding crowds.