Arachne’s Pride – Deadly Sin #6

Deadly Sinner #6 : Arachne

Arachne was a talented weaver who produced some of the finest cloth in all of Ancient Greece. But soon pride and arrogance crept into her head (Greek Hubris) and she boasted that she was a better weaver than Athena herself! Athena then set up a tapestry making competition with Arachne. Arachne used this opportunity to mock the gods in her tapestry pictures. In a violent rage, Athena transformed Arachne into a the first spider.

And for thousands of years,  Arachnids have been weaving webs in the corners of our houses, our basements and our attics.

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The Tragedy of Cassandra

In Greek mythology, Apollo descended from the heavens onto earth in order to seduce the beautiful Cassandra. As a gift, he gave her the gift of prophecy. But when she rejected him, he told her she could still keep her gift with the consequence that no one would believe her.

Unfortunately, Cassandra was the daughter of Priam, King of Troy. After ten years of fighting  in the Trojan War, the Greeks apparently got up one day and left, leaving behind a massive wooden horse at the gates of the heavily fortified and impenetrable Troy.

Cassandra cried, pleaded and begged her father and everyone around her not to let the horse into the city, or else Troy will fall that night. But everyone took her for a hysterical exaggerator and they welcomed the Trojan Horse into the city.

Troy burned that night.

And we never learned our lesson.

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A Greek Theme

In the past months I have read a lot of Greek mythology, Alexander the Great biographies by Phillip Freeman and Robin Lane Fox and the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. So I fueled up on Greek yogurt and feta cheese to produce these Hellenic themed acrylics on canvas. Special thanks to fellow artist Kathleen for your feedback!

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The Death of Achilles, 2016 based on the sculpture Dying Achilles by Ernst Herter

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Olive Oil, 2016

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Figs, 2016

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Human, 2016, watercolor (based on a sculpture by unknown artist at darkdecadence.tumblr)

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 Angel Uriel , 2016 (based on dresses from Dolce & Gabbanna Fall 2014; this type of art is also present in Orthodox Christian Churches in the Balkans and Eastern Europe)

2014 – The Mediterranean

I saw the Mediterranean Sea for the first time on my trip to Marseille in the south of France. I found the sea very different from the greyish/greenish one I am used to seeing in my native Ghana. This sea is a solid, deep blue.

In this painting I depict buildings on the island of Santorini in Greece. The closest I have ever been to Greece is the Parc Asterix reconstruction of the place. It was there that I first noticed how the Greeks combined pure white with a touch of their Mediterranean blue to their architecture. Hopefully one day I will finally visit Greece.

This painting is done with painting knives to give it a smooth surface.

2014 - The Mediterranean

2014 – The Mediterranean

Below is a picture I took of the sea at Marseille.

The Mediterranean sea at Marseille

The Mediterranean sea at Marseille

Below is an image of classic Greek buildings at Parc Asterix.

Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix