Friday, October 22, 2010

Guardian of the Muses


Did this piece for tonight's Feast or Famine group show at Upper Playground/Seattle.

Artsy fartsy symbolic explanation: The wise and patient elephant warrior (artist) protects the three muses, who inspire us all. At the center, is the rare Kadupul flower, native to Sri Lanka. This rare flower blooms at midnight and dies at dawn, much like the raw energy inside all artists that burn the midnight lamp, and work 'till sunrise. The elephant graveyard is the final resting place of all those artists that came before and died rich, or poor, doing what they love.

Man on the street explanation: Painting elephant armor, skulls and Muse decolletage is good times.

"Guardian of the Muses"
12" x 16"
Acrylics on board

4 comments:

*megula* said...

The first word that came to mind, quite dramatically at that, was BADASS!

Augie Pagan said...

Thanks Meg. Last night's opening was pretty fun. Huge turnout for the show.

DaveMacDowell said...

Love the whole meaning/backstory=This so kicks ass man!

Augie Pagan said...

Thanks, Dave. After another friend's comment about that, I'm tempted to write a short comic story around that image. Been awhile since I've done some panel to panel work.