The Dream, 2012 30" x 56" oil on canvas
Recently I have embarked on a series of paintings that explore ideas of scale and gigantism. I find the questions that arise in creating the images to be interesting and more complex than might be imagined. Giants have shown up in mythology, folklore and modern literature as either quite bad beings or as "gentle giants". Same goes for small beings, although to a lesser extent. Either way they are generally depicted as being different. We also use the term giant to refer to creatures that excel in some way. Issac Newton stated that he "....stood on the shoulders of giants" as he developed his theories. Pictorially I realized that when combining different sized bears I was not always sure whether I was depicting normal sized bears with dwarf sized bears or normal sized bears with giant bears. This aspect I have decided to exploit so that we, as viewers are also unsure. The painting above depicts a bear apparently waking up but I leave it to the viewer to decide who is having the dream.
I am curious what you might think of this painting as I am considering making this one available as a print? Please let me know your thoughts.