A rare commission ... a kind of portrait ... Part 1 of 3.
I always believed in the Pop Art Concept of; "Do what you like".
People ARE that what they like.
This person liked the films, "The Jester" with Danny Kaye and "Reservoir Dogs" by Quentin Tarantino, and diverse graphic novels by Frank Miller.
This is thus he.
Alternate title ... "La Dolce Vita" ... I did this painting while enjoying Marie Antoinette's suggestion of "eating cake" ... and while reflecting on my artist's Life of Leisure, (driving in my car, smoking my cigar, sailing in my yacht, what a lot I've got ...) AND while remaining true to Boucher's complaint that God's Nature itself is "too green and badly lit". Multi Tasking at it's best. Go fish.
Full title ... "Self Portrait as Small Christmas Tree with Large Bulbs ... No Freudian Interpretations Allowed".
Barnett Newman said, "A sculpture is something you back up into when you are looking at art".
Please don't back up into this one or you'll kill it.
... Picasso said, "Regardless of whatever an artist does, and how much of it he produces, ... an artist only repeats doing one thing his entire lifetime ... everything an artist does is a self-portrait."
Who's going to argue with the big PP ?
"The workers-for-others ... especially the peasants ... constituted ... ninety percent of European mankind" ... writes John Hale in his book "The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance".
Somethings never change.
There are still today, as there ever has been, only two kinds of European, namely KINGS and peasants (LORDS and commons). I have lived most of my life in Europe, and have yet to meet a king.
Galicia (Austria-Hungary) is where my father's (Frank Joseph = Franz Josef) parents were from. I am at least as glad as they were that they decided to move to New York (1906). My mother's family were from Ireland (1865) ... ditto.
Looking back at the past 2000 years of European History, one might be tempted to surmise, that what Europeans are most talented at, and have done and continue to do better than anyone else on the planet for the past 2000 years ... is to kill each other.
If what is written in the Bible is true, then we are all in for a big surprise in our afterlife's methinks ... and we are definitely in for an even BIGGER surprise when it ISN'T true.
For example ... what if God DIDN'T create Mankind in His own Image and we find out, standing there at His Throne, that He looks more like a mixture of a Giant Octopus and The Crawling Eye (one of my favorite 1950's B- Horror Movies, starring Forest Tucker) and we end up spending the rest of Eternity sitting on His lap ?
This possibility is combined with the colored concept of Multiple "Bubble" Universes in this small scale acrylic Masterpiece.
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Never ending Unclaimed Elysian Stimulus search for my Walmart reward ... with its powerfully potent payout verification, partially in Phoenician Purple (Haze) ...
Having spent a large portion of my lifetime riding in subways, I find the concept of "going down" to "get somewhere" intriguing, ... riding below with the subterranean Morlocks in a big city actually gets you there faster that driving with the Dunces in the daylight above.
The Art Nouveau Paris Metro entrances "to the Underworld" are the most beautiful that exist.
Organic forms realized in wrought iron and glass (and plaster) ... the best conceptual consolidation of Nature and the Industrialized World ever produced ... will never comprehend why this style didn't last as long as Egyptian Art.
The colors are dedicated ( in three stripes) to the Triple Goddess Hecate (Goddess of Entrance-ways and the Underworld) and to the psychedelic (partially atonal) fuzzed-out, flanged, "BLUES" of Jimi Hendrix's "PURPLE Haze" ... when you're in the subway, you really can't tell
"if it's day or night ... tomorrow ... or just the end of time".
Some paintings grow like plants ... hopefully this one isn't flesh eating ... this one is for the Grateful Dead ... Jerry, Phil, Bob, Bill, Mickey, Keith and Donna ... (being an old Dead Head, meself).
Also based on C.G.Jung's mystical Seventh Sermon to the Dead;
"In this world is man Abraxas, the creator and destroyer of his own world."
"Prayer increaseth the Light of the Star ..."
Circular patterns like ripples from a dropped stone in water, pressure waves from an explosion, or the orbital movements of planets, stars, and galaxies ... all growing in my garden ... and on this paper in my studio.