This piece bombards the viewer with rich symbolism. The first thing I notice is the trumpet with the tongue. It reminds me somewhat of a whale ready to swallow whole something. The texture on the lip of the trumpet is like human flesh more. It is unsettling to see how fleshlike and organic an "instrument" is. More interestingly is that it is connected to the man, and his mouth is obscured by something that silences him. Does it also prevent him from eating, or can it be removed? What is the intention of preventing him from eating? His armor also gives immobility. He is a symbol of the human condition. I also see irony, and I feel almost a dystopia. His face is crusted and his armor rusted; His heart is nailed to his chest to remind him it exists, or existed once upon a time. I see a slight Alice reference in that. The ear trumpet is amusing. I recall these were used when one was going deaf, as a hearing aide. His right shoulder greatly interests me. The cross, symbolism, and the treble clef symbol on a red flag jauntily waving from his head. It gives symbol of hope, especially being that it is a red contrasted against an otherwise muted palette of hues. The fun thing about this piece is the keyboard. In an otherwise antiquated setting, the keyboard seems to be digital. What is also amusing is the scabbard which would contain a sword contains another musical instrument. Fighting with love [the heart] and creativity [the music]. Is the valve from his chest for his heart? How do his fingers in this armor still play delicate instruments such as the harp and keyboard? There is so much to consider in this piece, it is quite a study. Nothing less than amazing.
I can't speak of technique because I've only learned to analyze art recently. However the technique to me is flawless. I love surreal with a feel of realism.
How dare they try to speak of peace while blowing on the war horn and banging on the battle drum? I have just come upon your work while browsing, and I have to say I was astounded. Not only is there strong symbolism in your work, yet it also is beautiful. I am glad to say that its symbolism doesnt overshadow the beauty or vise versa. Lovely job.
The instrument you came up with is just stunning! You're an ace of textures and shadows. Also the idea of making this specific character for communicating the painting's idea is great, and the elements are wisely combined. I love how you included technology elements in this...and how the bird stands there too