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Phase Painting

Alan Stewart

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Wood

Size: 24 W x 32 H x 1.5 D in

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Mixed media piece exploring mythological archetype...

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Painting:Acrylic on Wood

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Size:24 W x 32 H x 1.5 D in

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“We shall have only to follow, therefore, a multitude of heroic figures through the classic stages of the universal adventure in order to see again what has always been revealed. ...the singleness of the human spirit in its aspirations, powers, vicissitudes, and wisdom.” -Joseph Campbell, 1949 Abstraction on the verge of narrative. As a young artist, I found Joseph Campbell to be a great source of inspiration for me, the way he would seamlessly shift from Hopi legend to Greek mythology gave me a sense that the world is much more connected than it had appeared to me as a child. I characterize my work as abstraction on the verge of narrative. As telling the stories of heroes, villains, and innocents wrestling with universal themes like good vs. evil, death and rebirth, and the journey and quest of life. Over many years of painting abstractly, I have dealt with the introduction of imagery in two primary ways: either by allowing the image to enter fully into the composition and become a single thing or by denying the image entirely and removing it from the painting. There is an interesting space between those options that has intrigued me over the past few years. By identifying these subjects and painting as if they were fully realized images, the additional marks support the idea without narrowing the subject of the painting to a single and concrete image; thereby allowing the viewer to fill in the context of the experience. I am drawn to character and situational archetypes as subjects: The Mentor, The Everyman, The Hero and the Villain; The Journey and the Fall, Death and Rebirth, Good and Evil. Over the course of developing a painting the Archetypal figures shift narratives from one telling of the story to another, Greek mythology becomes modern cinema; Skywalker becomes Mordred.

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