art

Back in the winter of 2008, I was looking for an illustration of my current frame of mind and found this. The painting is by Ejnar Nielsen. This is the information that came with it:
painting by ejnar nielsen. now, this is more of what one would come to expect from a Scandinavian artist: depression, despair, gloom, angst, fatigue, suppressed anger… clearly, i am in my comfort zone 🙂 …

any one who has endured several winters in Denmark, and then imagines oneself having to suffer through such a winter one hundred years back, living in poverty as many rural people did, it is not hard to imagine why someone could be as somber as our subject is, regardless of what it is that he might actually have encountered during his lifetime leading up to this moment. to me, when I first cast my eyes upon this painting, I thought, “ahh, the perfect winter painting.”

in all honesty, though, there is a truth seeking element in this painting that is also unusual for danish art – which draws me to this work.

the choice of subject soberly confronts the notion of death and dying, a topic that elicits extreme discomfort in Denmark, supported by the fact that most old people in this country die alone, either at home or in nursing homes (this I know, from research I once did for a feature film that I worked on)…

the positioning of the subject, off balanced in an almost empty space, is very typical of Scandinavian work, and it brings to mind both Carl Dreyer’s film work, and of course, Bergman, enhanced by the “wide screen” format of the image.

From my old blogger blog – shirleytwofeathers.blogspot.com

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The Goddess Kali, isn’t she spectacular?

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And check this one out… Such power!!

And I love the Elephants.

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This one is pretty cool too. I like how flat it looks, reminds me of a zen tangle. And it looks so simple, like it would be easy to draw since it’s so stylized. And the colors! Ahhh… I love it.

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These are Madhubani paintings. Madhubani means “Forest of Honey”. I think they are just incredible. If I had money, I’d buy one of these for me for my birthday! Instead, it looks like I’m going to try to copy some of them and see how that goes. They don’t look that hard to draw – and maybe I’ll end up with more new and cool paintings.

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