Dolce & Gabbana ads + Song of Achilles book + David Ligare oil paintings + my visit to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul and the south of France + Last Supper = The marketplace I always wanted to paint but couldn’t find the right composition
This is one of the largest paintings I have done. The fisherman, the farmer, the lemon picker, the baker and the water girl. I have family in Romania that works the land and have done so for generations. It is always nice to go back to drink fresh cow milk and handpicked tomatoes.
Philia (φιλίαphilía) means “affectionate regard, friendship,” usually “between equals.”often translated “brotherly love” -Wikipedia.
This painting shows the strong friendship between Achilles and Patroclus by the Mediterranean (inspired by my reading of The Song of Achilles). In the original Iliad they were described as close friends.
After watching the choreography themes for Yuri!!! on ice, I thought it would be interesting to use the Greek love theme to make another series after the more pessimistic Seven Deadly Sins.
Dedicated to my dearest friends, Sara and Kathleen.
“Books! and cleverness? There are more important things — friendship and bravery.” — Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone
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!
The Death of Achilles, 2016 based on the sculpture Dying Achilles by Ernst Herter
Olive Oil, 2016
Human, 2016, watercolor (based on a sculpture by unknown artist at darkdecadence.tumblr)
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)