The Gnostic Confronts the Demi Picture

The Gnostic Confronts the Demiurge - Homage to William Blake

24"x36" 60lbs Paper
Windsor & Newton Inks

This is a painting I created in with ink while taking a drawing class in college. The assignment was to take a masterpiece, in this case a painting by William Blake from: The Book of Job: When the Morning Stars Sang Together (1820), and copy it for 20-30 minutes after which you were to turn it into your own artwork. I choose Blake for a number of reasons including his attachment to Gnosticism, his approach to the human form, and the darker tint to his work. I have always felt drawn to the late 18th-early 19th century artists like Blake and Goya who broke with convention both in terms of the darkness of their subject matter and in terms of their "modern" abstraction of the form. The symbols I used are meant to reflect the subject matter, a conflict between the enlightened Gnostic and the Demiurge. I have used Blakes representation of the Old Testament God to depict the Demiurge, a stormy God, not unlike the Wizard of Oz, rearing up in his power of half-creation, of corporeal life, of spiritual denial. Upon his forehead rests the Cunieform symbol of divinity, which has passed down through the ages in the form of the Cross, the Ankh, and the symbol of chaos. Here it symbolizes the connection of the Demiurge to the mortal realm, to civilization, and to the organization of religions of the ages. The Gnostic on the other hand, brings with him the symbols of his powerful enlightenment. He has recreated his form, into that not of a supplicant to the demiurge, yet instead a being of spiritual purity, thus his bright golden skin. In his left hand, the hand the represents our dark half (according to mythology, no offence meant to any) he touches base, brings with him a connection to the earth, the mother, the beggining, reality. With that reality he brings forth the sun, rising behind the Demiurge, depicting the goal of this the last test of enlightenment. In his right hand, the hand of light, power, and favor, he brings the scales of justice, reforged into the Gnostic cross, spilling forth the waters of change, the holy waters of the subconscious mind. These scales then become the golden tipped axe with which the Gnostic can overcome the challange of the half-being. Supporting his right side is the moon, the silver mystery, center of femininity, creator of the tides. It is through this balance of water and earth, moon and sun, future and past, male and female, that the Gnostic prevails.
I hope you did not mind that rather long interpretation of my own work. This particular piece speaks deeply to me on many levels that are not so obvious. It is a work with great personal meaning.

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