Just recently finished this piece for The Hive's upcoming Heaven and Hell group show. It kicks off in LA, this Saturday night.
Sometimes when I get stuck on ideas for paintings, I tend to sift through childhood memories for inspirato, or read stories on urban legends, folklore, or myths. I think it just gives me something to think about while I'm sitting there hours on end, painting.
The concept of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is an interesting one to me. Aside from the biblical associations, the story of riders on horseback seeking redemption, spans a lot of cultures. Different parts of Europe have their own version of it, The Wild Hunt.
Let's not forget the cowboy version. Stan Jones wrote the song Ghost Riders in the Sky in 1948. Apparently an old cowboy friend told him the story when he was twelve. Let's face it though. Out of all the people that have covered that song, there's only one musician that did it the best. Ghost Riders in the Sky was also the first guitar riff my dad taught me when I was a kid. (Childhood memory. Full circle!)
Long live the Man in Black.
Title: "Redemption Times Four"
Medium: Acrylics on Wood