Friday, July 16, 2010

Currently working on...

I am currently working on a large oil painting of the Coronation of the Virgin. It will compliment some of the other large religious oils I have done recently (Annunciation, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Saints, Baptism of Christ, etc.). Although these large paintings containing religious subject matter are notoriously difficult to sell, I find myself compelled to paint them from time to time largely, I suppose, for personal devotional reasons. They are a way for me to explore and somehow involve myself in the mystery of the event. But I also like to paint them for artistic reasons. Most of the great artists in the western tradition have painted religious subject matter, and I think every artist who wants to be a serious artist should attempt to tackle the great religious themes that have defined our culture (e.g. shown above is one of Andy Warhol's "Last Supper" paintings).

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