Sunday, June 9, 2013

BEAUTY: Painting--John Brophy

The references to traditional Renaissance imagery and religious iconography in John Brophy's work is obvious. But on closer inspection, there are eerie elements from our contemporary world infecting these scenes. I love the contrast between the old and new, and the social commentary (and un-ease) that arises from such a clash: his Madonnas or angels have halos of mathematical equations, and are surrounded by credit/debit cards or cradling bombs. Mysticism meets science, the sixteenth century meets the twenty-first. Chilling...

Top to bottom: Valkyrie; Little Black Angel; Somnium; The Blue Messenger; The Mantra Waterfall; Beloved

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