2021

APHRODITE

Godesses

APHRODITE is the goddess of love, beauty, and sensual desire and one of the canonical twelve Olympian deities. She was particularly revered as the patroness of sexuality and procreation, ensuring both the continuity of nature and the continuity of human communities. I have just completed four large-format paintings after several months of work that required a lot of heart and soul. They are vibrant, modern depictions of four Greek goddesses from ancient mythology. These works were particularly challenging for me because I had already dealt with the subject of Greek mythology in depth more than 20 years ago and produced countless works during that creative period. After making a clean break with this phase in the early 2000s, I was convinced that I had exhausted all aspects of the mythology motif and would never return. But then out of nowhere, the goddesses forced their way back into my painter’s consciousness with all their might. As an artist, I knew I needed to act on this revelation. Alas, the results are very different from my earlier paintings: The deities are the same, but the context is different. It was important for me to express my enthusiasm for Greek antiquity and love for late Renaissance painting and Mannerism in these works while also dressing them in the garb of contemporary digital and pop culture aesthetics. Whether I have succeeded or not, I don’t know.

  • Medium:Oil on Canvas
  • Size:195x250cm
  • Gods
Share

Description

APHRODITE is the goddess of love, beauty, and sensual desire and one of the canonical twelve Olympian deities. She was particularly revered as the patroness of sexuality and procreation, ensuring both the continuity of nature and the continuity of human communities. I have just completed four large-format paintings after several months of work that required a lot of heart and soul. They are vibrant, modern depictions of four Greek goddesses from ancient mythology. These works were particularly challenging for me because I had already dealt with the subject of Greek mythology in depth more than 20 years ago and produced countless works during that creative period. After making a clean break with this phase in the early 2000s, I was convinced that I had exhausted all aspects of the mythology motif and would never return. But then out of nowhere, the goddesses forced their way back into my painter’s consciousness with all their might. As an artist, I knew I needed to act on this revelation. Alas, the results are very different from my earlier paintings: The deities are the same, but the context is different. It was important for me to express my enthusiasm for Greek antiquity and love for late Renaissance painting and Mannerism in these works while also dressing them in the garb of contemporary digital and pop culture aesthetics. Whether I have succeeded or not, I don’t know.