HUNTER GATHERERS 2 – Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, star gazers – We all hunt to gather
$95 – $12,000
HUNTER GATHERERS 2 – The passion, perpetuating want to discover and collect before the time ends.
Mixed Media painting Hunter-Gatherer passion in photorealistic, pencil illustration, and indigenous dot painting.
For interested buyers, don’t hesitate to ask at this link for a “First in first serve” acquisition of the framed original or number 1 of 25 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions.
The original painting I created in 1989. In 2014 I chose to rework it and added the story “Hunter-Gatherers 2”.
Note: I added new elements in 2018 to make the story stronger. If you are interested in buying the original please email your inquiry.
The thoughts of the “Hunter-Gatherers” paintings came while watching people walking the beach hunting and gathering bits and pieces. Further, into the journey from “Hunters-Gatherers 1“ I discovered taking home dreams and visions as mementos and edibles were as valid as physical items. I noted all creation has the hunter collector motivation. From that thought, I took the sentiment further by adding some of the passions known to man.
I then included the Australian magpie, American Sea Eagle, Silver/White Eye, Snapper fish, and a Gecko Lizard. Adding a businessman, with a humorous twist seeking answers star-gazing in the universe, the quest for technical information and communication (Steve Jobs), hunting for life’s meaning, and overcoming the odds (Oprah Winfrey), and native men fishing all added to the parable.
We all hunt to gather
If you think about it, we are all hunting to gather. Whether we seek information about our origins, information to create technologies, a companion to love, a worm for dinner, a divine to talk to we are on the hunt. The essence of living is a perpetual motion before the end of time and our use-by date.
What about the philosophers who want to seek the meaning of life, the religious persons who want to please their chosen Gods, the businessmen who want to hunt and gather profits, or the scientists who want to find answers in the universe?
Everything living hunts by wanting, whether for good or evil (evil, is a destructive power that harms good). The lion hunts antelope to gather and feed its young, the young woman hunts a man for love or the alcoholics want to drink and forget their pain for a season. Some hunt for murder, some hunt to rob a bank, some hunt for rape, some hunt to pervert justice with perjury, these are evil desires.
This painting depicts hunting from want
This painting is not about evil desires. “Hunter-Gatherers 2” is about the natural desires in a world and universe full of wonder and mystery. In context, I have chosen two of our 21st-century heroes to depict the want to discover. Steve Jobs for his passion for technology and communication devices and Oprah Winfrey for her passion to discover what is good and commendable in overcoming odds to live a good life.
We hunt to gather peace, security, love, wisdom, and purpose in building a nest to house our cultures and gathered collectibles.
All of us, being hunter-gatherers, may ask this question of free will. “What are the desires we hunt for and what is it we want to gather before our race is run”?
You’ve got it!!!! … “You hunter-gatherer”.
The Indigenous connection
I have further developed my research into indigenous art storytelling from the Australian Aboriginal, North American Indian, and New Zealand Maori. I admire these people and see a lot of great wonder in how they show their culture in art and music. As my perceptions develop I include combinations of western fine art and Indigenous works.
Common to all people is the want for cultural identity and telling the story. The common wish in all cultures is worshipping something greater than daily life.
In the painting “Hunter-Gatherers 2” I have introduced Chinese Mandarin (梦想) and Asian Indian Hindi (सपना) typography. These spell out the word “Dream” in what I call type hieroglyphics.
Part of the nature of God within us is to hunt. Our inner appearance, spirit, is made in the image and likeness of God. Our outward appearance is part of the broken world’s physical image. Generations of breakdown, systemic aberrations in physical appearance, and the birth of cultural habits add to the mix. Isolation from one another has not changed the heart wants of humans. We all want peace and meaning in life. We all dream, hunt, and gather.
Culture, art, linguistics, and typography differ but our heart language is the same.
The indigenous influence art disclaimer
My attempt to paint, study, and replicate indigenous art is very naive.
In the best way, I know how there is no way I would knowingly disrespect a people group who I dearly love. I study, at my own pace and these studies unmask a deeper honor toward these dear marginalized people. That sentiment is embedded in my borrowing of their creative intelligence to partner with my western cultured photorealism painting.
As an Australian and citizen of this world, I am honored they have given me so much pleasure with their wonderful storytelling interpretation with design, and dot painting colors, alongside the rhythmic sounds of their music in didgeridoos, knocking sticks, dance, and song unique to aboriginal culture.
I have a lot to learn as I embed what I learn crossing the bridge of understanding from my culture into the indigenous cultures of the world.
I call this my Godly inheritance and I look forward to experiencing their offerings in heaven where there is no fear, hatred, prejudice, or offense to darken what God created to be good.
STATUS and MATERIALS
ORIGINAL FOR SALE * Bid or tender for the original artwork. All offers considered around $12,000
Painted with artist oils, acrylics, watercolor airbrush on, gesso primed New Zealand hardboard. Gloss dammar and Iso Guard varnish protection.
* Original and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.
25 LIMITED EDITIONS “ACRYLIC ENHANCED” CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS
The full size 920 x 1220 (same as original) on stretch mounted archival canvas price is $3750 in gst
A master acrylic artist will digitally recreate the original painting and use hand-painted brushstrokes to replicate the original painting.
75 LIMITED EDITIONS CANVAS REPRODUCTIONS *
Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $1150 | 650 x short side – $925
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.
OPEN EDITION POSTER ART PRINTS *
Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $145 | 420 x short side – $95
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.
FASHION and PRODUCTS
- Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
- The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
- Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.