Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Phoenix - Art


A new take on an ancient myth, Phoenix depicts the famous bird emerging from the ashes after its death. The phoenix itself is not studied closely, but rather from afar, as if the painting’s viewer is standing off in the distance and watching the phoenix rise into the air. The phoenix’s path is noted by a long arc, a trail left behind by the blazing, quickly moving bird on its glorious rise. This triumphant rise ends in a burst of released energy, as represented by the emerging lines that emanate from the risen creature at the top of the journey’s arc.
However, it is uncertain what this phoenix really represents in this painting. The phoenix’s identity is open to interpretation, with potential meanings ranging from the birth of a star, a manmade explosion from a bomb, or even an airplane taking flight. The image of a soaring object is quite compelling, and many different forms of flight come to mind upon viewing this piece. Phoenix is a simple, yet effective study on the subject of flight from the far-off perspective of an interested observer.


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