Monday, June 8, 2009

Death Screams - Art

Using simple, solid, dark lines, Death Screams captures the natural human fear of impending death. The “scream” referred to in the painting’s title is not depicted in any traditional form. There is no gaping mouth captured in mid-scream, nor a frightening scene depicting a gruesome death. Instead, an abstract image is the focal point of this piece, its swooping arcs providing the sense of danger that gives this painting its dark, fearsome mood.

The figure in the painting appears to loom overhead, tall and imposing. This frightening figure dominates the landscape. A symbol of impending death and the mortality that hangs over all living things, this figure gives the impression of an omnipresent threat, shapeless and names, yet always felt.

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