Church Skulls

Church Skulls

” app 4 quasi mediums “
acrylic, oil, ink & pencils on paper
24 x 18 in © 2013 Gabriel Navar

This is a recent painting inspired by a sculpture found in Pfarrgemeinde St. Cäcilia (a church in Heusenstamm, Germany). I visited the area during my trip to Germany for my two person exhibition with my mentor Mel Ramos (“Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar – Mentor & Mentee”) in Galerie B. Haasner in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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“app 4 disgruntled days”
acrylic, pencils, ink, & oil on canvas board
16 x 12 in © 2013 Gabriel Navar

The initial interest in creating this painting was the challenge and compositional fun engaged in the exercise of foreshortening the figure for visually dramatic, three-dimensional impact, which has always been of interest to me. Furthermore, as with just about all of my paintings, color is important, especially complementary-pair combinations (here, I juxtapose the rich blues of the Captain America t-shirt amongst washes and glazes of “sun-caused” yellow, yellow-orange, pinks and salmon notes both on the figure’s skin as well as on the structure behind him).

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