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All Saint’s Day

Posted in Art, Misc, Paintings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2012 by josean

Friday, November 2nd was the opening for the All Saint’s Day show at 161 West.  I shared the space with the work of Mike Ellyson, which couldn’t have been a better match.  Our work, heavily influenced by religious symbolism and imagery, nicely complimented a day that celebrates All Saint’s Day as well as Day of the Dead.  161 West, a gallery in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia, once housed a die cut factory, giving it a large space with high walls. This space worked well to create a church-like atmosphere, which worked perfectly with our work.

 

 

 

Many thanks to Jessica Murphy for setting these up!  These little altars she made definitely made my calavera stickers a lot more eye catching!

Once it got late, we turned out the lights for a more appropriate ambiance

Mike Ellyson’s altar to college football.  This epic installation features an altar surrounded by 245 paintings, each one representing an individual college football team.  An undertaking that took 3 years, this was the first time all of them were shown together.

 

 

 

The show will be up a couple weeks, so be sure to check it out if you are in the Fishtown area.  You can contact the gallery for times, or set up an appointment.

Check out more of Mike Ellyson’s work at www.mikeellyson.com

 

 

 

 

 

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25% Off Sale

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by josean

In celebration of a week off work (go spring break!), and the subsequent artwork that will result from said time off, I’m offering 25% off everything in my Etsy shop.  Use code 25OFF at the checkout and fill your walls with skulls and dinosaurs!Image

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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