I wanted to do a quick post that shows and explains the art that I created for display at the American Atheist Art show.
I’m extremely grateful and proud to say that all four paintings sold and that 10% of the sales were donated to Ogden OUTreach, a local Utah organization that helps LGBT kids who have, among other things been turned out of their homes. So a special thanks to everyone who helped me to make that happen.
Here is the explanation of the paintings.
For this exhibit I have painted pieces that play off the style of old Italian Gothic religious paintings and combined them with still life paintings reminiscent of Frida Kahlo or other Mexican folk art (because I love that style.)
What I have come up with is some distorted perspective pieces, slathered with gold paint that speak of the joy and beauty of living in the now as opposed to being focused on an afterlife.
So much of religion and religious art talks about doing certain things now and following specific rules so that you will be rewarded in a glorious afterlife.
My paintings, like the atheist worldview are meant to remind you that your paradise and glory is here, right now.
Don’t squander the precious moments of the life you have hoping for magic at the end.
Appreciate every moment, every breath and every flower.
“Evolution Makes Biology Make Sense” Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. 2014
“The Paradise you Seek (Is Right in Front of You.) Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. 2014
“In This Life” Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. 2014
Text reads: “In this life you have but mere moments. Every thing is temporary. Seek out all that is beautiful and cherish it. Practice compassion. Love as much as you can. Cause a s little harm as possible.”
“Freethought Official” Acrylic on un-stretched canvas. 2014
You can see some more of my art posted on my Tumblr. Click this link to have a look.