Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Illustration Friday: Transcendence ( Expired)


This painting was originally done right after my Father had died, as a reminder to myself that we are recycled energy. He was no longer in the form that I had known him in, though he wasn't completely gone either. The energy that had made him up had just changed form and was now among the place he had originally come from. The unzipped skull is a symbol of this idea, with the soul leaving the physical form and transcending into the universe again. The former body decomposes back into the earth's elements. The soul is represented by a Mayan statuette with also some elements of Egyptian design and is adorned with Nordic ruin symbols of power and strength. Which became fitting since I had ended up putting some of his ashes in a burial boat that had belonged to the Vikings in Sweden while bicycle touring. He went all over Europe too, his ashes left at many places where he had wanted to visit while living. Our last conversation was about the places in Europe we were going to travel to, once he got better. He made it, but not how we had expected.

Acrylics on canvas 15 X 20"

7 comments:

vdelgado said...

i love the detail!

Maria Bogade said...

This is beautiful!

ValGalArt said...

amazing and beyond ;)

Curious Art said...

A moving & beautiful tribute.

Greg Hartman said...

Thank you all for your comments and compliments, I appreciate them. Love feedback!

Kelly Lish said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! He must be so proud watching you from above. Your work is lovely. That is touching that you spread his ashes in the places he wished to see. You are a good son. :)

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