I recently discovered that my visual style owes a lot to Rene Magritte, the great Belgian Surrealist painter. The strange part is, I didn't know it. As a musician and a visual artist, I tend to not soak in a lot of art, either for fear of imitating what I am absorbing, or more likely, I find it hard to be a spectator of art, as I prefer to be actively involved in creating it.
Lately I have been looking at a lot of artists though, particularly the Dutch masters, and of course the surrealists. This led me to Magritte, but the illuminating part was, I had already seen his work, a lot of it, since i was a boy. Many of his iconic images were seen by me in Omni magazine, among others. It was pretty cool to find out that these paintings obviously worked their way into my palette in my formative years, and came out in some form all these years later.
And so, this image is definitely a nod to Magritte, particularly his Mysteries of the Horizon image, which uses the waxing moon icon as well as the bowler hat man. This piece is just a riff on youth: the new moon, the balloons, all symbols of youth, of being at the start of the journey.
Model: Gilberto Mendez
Tags: Specialist and abstract
Portraits and people
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