The Giants

The Giants

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“The Giants”
mixed media on board
18 x 30 in © 1993 Gabriel Navar

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Sunken

Sunken

“SUNKEN, UNSWOLLEN SUNRISES”
MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD
48 x 48 in © 1992 GABRIEL NAVAR

This painting was created in Oakland and while I was a student at California State University, East Bay (Hayward)… I began by creating a ceramic relief owl motif and worked around it…. below the owl, for instance, there is a pool of forms that represent excrement (crap!!!)… it was a sort of statement about societal bullshit and the sort of spiritual healing and wisdom that needs to occur. Behind the foreground, there is a nightmarish scene of foreboding hills and, at the top of the composition, hooks and bodies…..    enjoy

Gabriel Navar

Silent Corner

Silent Corner

“BREAKTHROUGH IN THE FACTORY OF THE SILENT CORNER”
ACRYLIC, TEMPERA, WAX & OIL ON CANVAS & WOOD
48 x 48 in © 1992 GABRIEL NAVAR

This early painting is part of my nightmarish, “dreamscape” period where colors, textures, forms and abstract figures collide in a fiery-then-cool dance of chaos and order that exists in the painterly world of the imagination.

Gabriel Navar

The Seer

The Seer

“THE SEER”
ACRYLIC, PENCILS, WAX & OIL ON CANVAS & WOOD
18 x 14 in © 1992  GABRIEL NAVAR

This is an early “dreamscape” painting created in 1992 and purchased by great friends of mine. Unfortunately, about two years later or so, my friends’ house burned (in a big fire in Inverness, CA) along with “The Seer” and other paintings they had collected from me and other artists. The painting is long gone but continues to exist in the cyber world. My wife has suggested for me to do an “homage” to it just as I have done so with the works of other artists.

Gabriel Navar

In Bliss

In Bliss

“IN BLISS”
MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
48 x 46 in © 1996 GABRIEL NAVAR

Another early painting from 1996. It features a female figure from three different perspectives, the figures overlapping one another – all in a state of bliss and “thankfulness”, as well as hope. The painting is a sort of ode to the possibilities of “wishes coming true”.

Gabriel Navar

Awakening

Awakening

“CRIMSON AWAKENING”
MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
66 x 42 in © 1995 GABRIEL NAVAR

The main person in this painting, Mark, was a student of mine back in the ’90s when I worked with special education students, especially  autism. Mark enjoyed twirling things with his hands, mostly strings and leaves. He also enjoyed puzzles. For the painting, I decided to include actual leaves onto the canvas. I also decided to make the overall composition puzzle-like, with six missing pieces that form a sort of smiling face. Lastly, in my surrealist tendencies, I included a double image of an older man (Mark’s father) confronting himself while a suspended outstretched figure hangs between them. I replaced the head of the suspended figure with a heart. Mark’s father (Bill) had bypass surgery soon after I created the painting.

Gabriel Navar