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New Icons

Posted in Art, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2012 by josean

Some new icons I’ve been working on.  More dinosaur saints to come.

 

Originals available through Esty

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New stenciled canvases added!

Posted in Art, Misc with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2011 by josean

I’ve added 10 new stenciled canvases to my Esty Shop! These paintings have been selling fast, but I’ve still got a few left.  Check out my shop for 15+ paintings/prints for under $20! For a limited time, you can get free shipping if you use the code NOSHIP!

Etsy Shop Now Open!

Posted in Art, Paintings with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2011 by josean

I’ll be rotating different canvases (there’s about 50 total variations of 3 designs)  .  Follow on twitter for updates!

Animus Santi

Posted in Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by josean

Watercolor and pencil 2007-2008.  Inspired after reading about St. Guinefort, a greyhound that was made saint in the 13th Century as well as St. Christopher Cynephoros, referred to as the Dog-Headed Saint.


Top Left, Right: Unnamed Saints as birds of prey
Top Center: Bishop Stefan of Perm as an owl
Center: St. Kirill Novoezersky as a dog
Bottom Left, Right: Saints Ferapont and Martinian as rabbits
Bottom Center: Reliquary of Saint Anthony of Padua’s nose as a pig
The reliquary of St Anthony is based on his tongue and jawbone which are on display at the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua. I recalled being terrified after seeing it in person as a 5-year-old. This created a fear/fascination of churches growing up, since so many in Italy have relics of saints, usually a body part.


Madonna and Child as Owls

The Free Thinker

Based on St Albertus Magnus(1200?-1280), known as Saint Albert the Great, A Dominican bishop who became famous for  his knowledge of and advocacy for the peaceful coexistence of science and religion.  He was also one of the first to apply Aristotle’s philosophy to Christian thought.    He was also known for his writings on alchemy (Magnus is deeply rooted in legends regarding alchemy, one stating he discovered the Philosopher’s Stone and passed it to his pupil St. Thomas Aquinas).  Behind the Free Thinker are the stages of alchemy regarding permutation of lead to gold.

The Cautious Saint

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Saints

Posted in Art, Drawings, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by josean

Saint series 2008-2009. Series based on a fascination of some of the more unusual saints out there and their unusual circumstances of martyrdom. And armadillos.

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Burial of St. Avraamy of Galich and an armadillo
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Apparition of the Theotokos as an armadillo imploring St. Sergy-Marginal Scene
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Armadillo ordaining deacon

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Saint Aubert of Avranches-    According to legend, in 708 he had a vision in which the Archangel Michael instructed him to build an oratory on the rocky tidal island at the instructed him to build an oratory at the mouth of the River Couesnon. Aubert did not pay attention to this vision at first, until in exasperation Michael appeared to him again, this time driving his finger into Aubert’s skull and ordering him to complete the task again. Michael is said to have appeared to him a total of three times. After this Mont-Saint-Michel was built

St Catherine of the Wheel. Daughter of the pagan governor of Alexandria, converted to Christianity in her teens. She visited the Emperor of Rome, Maximus where she managed to convert his wife. In turn he sent many philosophers to dispute with her, all who ended up converting (they were subsequently martyred) He eventually had her imprisoned, and when the people visited her end up converting he had her put to death by the breaking wheel. According to legend, the wheel itself broke when she touched it, so she was beheaded.

St. Lucy. She consecrated her virginity to God, refused to marry a pagan, and had her dowry distributed to the poor. Her would-be husband denounced her as a Christian to the governor of Syracuse, Sicily. Miraculously unable to move her or burn her, the guards took out her eyes with a fork.

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St. Peter of Verona.  Italian priest murdered by an assassin hired by the Milanese Cathars, a christian heretical group.  According to legend, his murderer struck his head with an axe.  He then  dipped his fingers in it and wrote on the ground: “Credo in Unum Deum” while reciting the Apostle’s Creed.  All while missing the top part of his head.  His murderer eventually confessed his crime and ended his days as a lay brother in a Dominican monastery , where he enjoyed local veneration as one of the blessed.

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Rites and Wrongs of Man

Posted in Art, Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by josean


One of my favorite pieces, but one that has rarely been seen.  A  20 by 24 inch multiplace intaglio (19), this was a daunting task.  5 were printed, each one taking several hours to prep each plate and setting it up on the press.  Of these 5, only 1 is available for sale.  This was completed in the summer of 2004 in about a  6 week period.  It’s more a less a conglomeration  of religious and philisophical things that had my interest at the time.  Religious symbology had been prominent in a lot of my work, heavily influenced by my childhood in Italy.  The Divine Comedy by Dante was an inspiration as well.  I combined these things with the current state of the nation back in 01-04 to create a visual map of sorts.  More of a spiritual than a religious person, I have always found a fascination of symbology in general.  This was the end result



                    I                                              II                                                III



(I) Then I saw a beast rising up out of the sea. It had seven heads and ten horns, with ten crowns on its horns. And written on each head were names that blasphemed God. This beast looked like a leopard, but it had the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion! And the dragon gave the beast his own power and throne and great authority.                                                                                                                                        Revelation 13:1-2



 (II) And the king shall do as he wills. He shall exalt himself and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is decreed shall be done.                                  Daniel 11:36-38



(III) After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.                Daniel 7:7-8




(Middle) Ascension to Paradiso (Dante)


(Left) Romulus and Remus (founders of Rome) suckled by a she-wolf after being left in the forest. Legend has it that Romulus killed his brother during an argument over where to locate Rome.


(Right) Nero playing the fiddle as Rome burns. Although only a rumor (and it would’ve been a lyre, no fiddles back then), Nero had become the scapegoat , which he in turn deflected to early Christians.




Circle of Life showing man’s influence in nature. Surrounding it are the positive and negative aspects of life. Mass of people at bottom inspired by Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, located behind the alter of the Sistine Chapel.


 




(Middle) Descent into the Inferno, Satan as described in Dante’s Inferno as being trapped in ice for personal treachery against God. He is waist deep in ice, and beats his wings as if trying to escape, but the icy wind that emanates only further ensures his imprisonment.


(Left) Banishment of the fallen angels.


(Right) Archangel Michael defeating Satan




(Left) The greedy line their pockets as they make wartime deals. The puppet king is oblivious that they hands that run his strings are more concerned with success of their business partners than the well being of a nation. These events are unwilling supported by the people, whose money and livelihoods are on the table being dealt away.


(Right) Icarus falls after flying to close to the sun. Man struggles against the constriction of Ignorance to reach Inspiration. She offers him knowledge that can better the world or destroy it. Icarus uses his inspiration to fly, only to fall after getting to close to the sun (melting his wax wings).




Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: (this edition printed backwards)


1.


When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

Revelation 6:5-6


2.


When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” I looked and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.


Revelation 6:7-8


3.


When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a huge sword.


Revelation 6:3-4


4.


I watched as the lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Revelation 6:1-2

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