oil on panel
30 " x 60"
Passage was the first painting I attempted upon my return from a trip to Europe where I saw for the first time many old master paintings in person which I had only known from books. To stand before a multi paneled altar piece can be a powerful experience, with that in mind I wanted to try and recreate something as seemingly impactful. The "Passage" depicts a funeral procession of an old man being carried to his final resting place by his also elderly friends who know they too are stepping closer to this ultimate fate. Trailing behind the ghostly angel I snuck my dog Pico Picasso into the painting. Stylistically this piece owes its inspiration to the works of the artists known as the flemish primitives which include Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van Der Weyden.