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

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Heirs of Gravity

Heirs of Gravity

“HEIRS OF GRAVITY”
MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
51 x 40 in © 1995 GABRIEL NAVAR

The images in this painting came to me in a dream where figures were being summoned from the sky by gravity in order to re-fertilize the earth via the the life-rich ocean. Formally speaking, the painting was an opportunity for me to explore complementary colors (orange, reds and flesh colors versus blues of various values). One of the most fun elements in creating this piece was painting the illusion of a frame.

Gabriel Navar