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Requiem for Peace by borda Requiem for Peace by borda
oil/canvas, 80x100 cm
here… you can see a short flash with the making of
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Critique by InfinitumAD Mar 1, 2012, 2:29:02 AM
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.
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TheManAtFireOnFire Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Student General Artist
Wow, very reminiscent of steam punk style plus Renaissance. Keep it up.
RagdollRalph Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are brilliant! :stunned: 
ChristopherReality Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow amazing. Love  I love this.
CaroleDamz Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent and Brilliant!
MindTuber Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your work are amazing, great surreal piece!
Vacantpoint Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Very fucking cool. Reminds me of my favorite painter, Hieronymus Bosch with the symbolism and style. Conjures the Tin Man from Oz to mind.
artfx-9 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
Rex-Hammond Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I love how macabre this piece is without being gory or violent.
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your beautiful artwork was featured in my journal :aww:
You can take a look here : [link]
toster36 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
01vultur01 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aproape perfeta combinarea culorilor...BRAVO
DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Are you fan of medieval culture?
borda Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I live in Romania, here we are still in medieval times :lol:
GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...lovely time...
You are great :painter:
DivineLightAngels Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW !!!
Mr-Illusionist-1331 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the details:)
AlanJigsaw Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I like the facial expression and the instrument harp keyboard horn looking things looks legit.
InfinitumAD Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is an older piece [I saw it in a newer one's description] but it really drew me in.
Pavel-Sokov Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012   General Artist
Fantastic painting! Great little details
2-Minutes-BehindxX Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
roniblue7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing!!!!! You remind me Salvador Dalí ... but you are the improved version !!!
Pearlpencil Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow I love it
Ebgon Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I just fell in love with this the moment my eyes cast upon the monitor. So Intricate and sublimely done. Would you mind lending me your painting hand and mind for a month?
ThatHenryKid Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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GyorfiAndras Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great and grat.
Florhana Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
It makes me thing about Quixote n_n Again, awesome work!
Yon-kitty Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
cool!! the actual piece must look badass!!
Wolfzero-kun Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Awsome work!!!
Ata-Delara Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
hahaha.great idea.
DarkElektra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
it's an excellent job! well done!! :clap:
ohyahbaby6 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
so badass i freaking love it so much detail
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
I'm faving this both because it's an excelent painting and to break the cursed number of 666 favorites.
breakthecity Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
wow, love the tongue
and the beating of the heart. amazzing concept and painting!
SpankQueen Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
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Fausto-Dreamer Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, i really enjoy this kind of job, amazin!!
CrowsReign Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
oh dear!!!your love is absolutely stunning!!!i'm really touched!!!
divided-we-fall Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
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.
amidarosa Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
I like how this painting don't present peace but suggest it.
Edermarmae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
why is there in instrument stuffed into this case on the right side of his right leg
AvaLeLe Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
you are maniac!!
AppreticeInkman Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
It feels like he is the last one standing. I once read that the only point in favor of the strange thing called Grace is the proposition of a world lacking it.
kill-new Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
In Ireland, we have a phrase for this kind of talent. It's 'Fucking Hell'. Outstanding.
borda Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Fucking funny, every time I given a refresh to the comments page I seen a new one, and give me lol bit by bit :tighthug:
kill-new Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
haha, sorry for spamming but really, incredible work. Thanks for sharing
whaats Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist's like King Arthur meets Stanley Kubrick meets Salvador Dali.
Very cool!
StardustThief Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
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 :P
adni18 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Great work! :thumbsup:
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