Shattered Peace, study
30" X 48" oil on canvas
Original art is sold
The back label writing ...
As social beings we seek like-minded others for comfort, procreation and protection. That goes back to being a matter of survival for the earliest humans. One look at the frail human form will tell you that individually, we are an easy meal for predators. No claws, no horns, no fangs, we have just one weapon, our brain. It tells us to band together and united, we can be safe. But there is a dark side.
Herd mentality is the root of all evil. I believe that most people have a moral compass. That morality, combined with social accountability keep people on track and makes civilized society possible. But the magnetic draw of herd mentality can skew that moral compass. The anonymity of the crowd drives people to do unspeakable things and vent their hatred with glee, in the belief that there will be no accountability. War is exactly that. Led by the maniacal power hungry (yes that's you Vladimir), armies cast aside civilized behaviour and feel they have the right to shatter the peace and behave like animals. But there are no animals that behave like that. That special trait is only inherent in humans.
Writing has long been a integral part of Mark Heine's creative process. In the pursuit of his original artistic voice, Mark's writing has evolved to become the driving force behind his work and has led him to envision a world of his own creation. Sirens, the culmination of 38 years exploration, is inspired by the sea-nymphs, made famous in Homer's Odyssey. These underwater visions of mythological muse are rooted in the moments of an ongoing and developing fictional narrative. This complex narrative, involving human evolution and our natural environment, is the unifying conceptual thread that ties these surreal visions.
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For the 6th consecutive year, two of my Sirens paintings have been selected as finalists in the 2023/2023, 16th ARC Salon presented by the Art Renewal Centre. This year "Shattered Peace" and "The Evolution of Empathy" were selected for this, the largest representational art competition in the world. The competition this year was tougher than ever with 5400 entries from 73 countries.
Winners of the 16th Salon will be announced January 5th, 2023