Tuesday, February 10, 2015

War Paint!

This is very cool. I'm so honored that artist Paul Richmond has painted me for his series, War Paint. I can always count on Paul's talents to make me better looking than I am! This portrait is titled, His Darkness. Check it out on Paul's website here. "They understand too well the liberation into savagery that the concealing paint brought." – Lord of the Flies, William Golding.

These are the reference photos I sent him a few months ago, so you can see how he improved upon the original. I'm also totally digging the background fleur de lis pattern he created.

Here's more of Paul Richmond's statement on his series:

"Body painting serves a variety of purposes from spiritual cleansing to battle preparation. My War Paint series draws upon this symbolism to investigate the construction of identity. The modern masculine form becomes the canvas, a painted object of his own creation. Reality and abstraction compete with the figurative foundation of each piece to make the subjects' inner struggles more tangible. The application of pigment is suggestive of their psychological states, the color of their self-made armor exposing more than it conceals. This work also challenges conventions around masculinity and the male form. My goal is to invite understandings that reach beyond the immediate surface and reveal the complexity of the individual." 


Tony said...

Hey Jesse =

I think "His Darkness' is Dionysian.
Mosby's Medical Dictionary defines that as "the personal attitude of one who is uninhibited, mystic, sensual, emotional, and irrational and who may seek to escape from the boundaries imposed by the limits of the senses." (and society)
In Richmond's painting, you are the Dionysus of Euripides' play "The Bacchae," where Pentheus, the ruler of Thebes, and upholder of society's norms, is threatened by the wild, bacchanalian, orgiastic rites of the god and passes a law forbidding them.
In the painting you look like I imagine Dionysus might have after he has exacted his revenge. Read the play (or the Sparks Notes) to see how he did it. Partial spoiler: Dionysus gets Pentheus to dress up in a wig and a skirt.

Jesse Archer said...

Dang, Tony, you should do this for a living!
xxx Dionysis (currently escaping sensory limits)