Magdalena-A Study in Scarlet
by, 02-28-2010 at 12:04 AM (6324 Views)
After several months of labor (while working full time, mind you) I have completed the latest in my series of "icons". This one is something of a contemporary take on the penitent Mary Magdalene...the "scarlet woman"... kneeling and somewhat teary-eyed. Like the rest of this series, this painting is deeply rooted in my love of art history. There are elements drawn from Byzantine icons, Medieval European and Persian book illuminations, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, early Renaissance painting, and more contemporary painters ranging from Gustav Klimt, Matisse, and Bonnard, to George Tooker. The space is intentionally flattened and distorted (utilizing various conflicting systems of perspective) and the figure itself is simplified and stylized... there are even elements suggestive of folk art and childrens' art/book illustration... a direction I am heading more and more toward. Unlike the other works in this series this is the first instance in which the figure is clothed (gasp!!). The work is quite large: 80" x 42" created with acrylic paint, pastel, and gold leaf. I even employed a bit of neon paint mixed with the acrylic cadmium red light (a trick I had seen used by Francis Bacon) as a means of getting the red to literally "scream".
Thanks for looking.