Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mister - Art


This painting is an abstract portrait featuring an unnamed man simply referred to as “Mister.” In Mister, the man’s shape can be made out, but only its basic elemental structure. No specific details about the man can be made out in this piece. The man’s body is made up of colorful blocks, and he appears to be very broad and solid. There is a certain masculine strength to be seen in his broad shoulders and commanding presence in the painting. The man in the painting is undoubtedly a formidable force, his head and shoulders well-formed and impressive in their clarity and strong lines.

Though the man is shown to be a force to be reckoned with, he cannot withstand abstraction, and his lower body dissipates into a series of color blocks with no definite shape or form. The man’s deconstruction into abstract blocks that have are undefined reflects the way that every man, no matter how strong and solid he may seem, will one day be gone. The man’s mortality is captured in this abstract piece, as his strong, defined form melts away into shapeless blocks. These blocks represent the elements of the earth that the man returns to when he exists no more. Mister is a vibrant painting with a strong meaning, giving the viewer a close and personal view of his or her own impermanence.

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