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

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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

Hands of the Sea and Sky

Hands of the Sea and Sky

“GABRIEL SKINNED FOR THE HANDS OF THE SEA AND SKY”
MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD
29 x 54 in © 1992 GABRIEL NAVAR

I had so much fun with this painting. It is one of my early favorites. I enjoyed doing all of the overlapping imagery, textures, and glazing. Furthermore, I had fun with creating a visually busy interaction of forms, complementary colors and metaphorical turbulence. Oh, by the way, I used fluorescent and phosphorescent paints…. therefore, the painting (like many others I have created over the years) glows in the dark!

Gabriel Navar

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

“UNTITLED (SELF-PORTRAIT)”
MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
40 x 30 in © 1992 Gabriel Navar

This is a self-portrait created in 1992. I had much fun with it as I attached as many objects as I could including rubber bands, shells, pieces of glass and anything else I was able to adhere to the canvas with wax, caulk and silicone. This painting was an assignment in a painting class taught by the great artist, Mel Ramos.

Gabriel