Supper Club Bubbles 1 & 2

Title: Supper Club Bubbles – aka First and Last Supper
Medium: Oil on Wood Panels
Date: 1998-2011
Size: 24 x 48 inches
Id: SGR3037 and SGR3038
Price: $800 each $1,500 both
Description: This painting was started back in 1993 in San Francisco as a traditional Last Supper homage.  It then spent 10 years in the artist’s studio being used as a work table holding the painting supplies.  This photo above was taken before the 10 years of use as a table.

No earlier photos exist of this piece; in fact this painting inspired the artist to start taking photos of each stage of each painting. This theme became the backbone of his Back-Story Underpainting style.

During the past year, the artist brought these two similar paintings closer by attacking the painting in the approach of a graffiti artist.  Notice the play with the glazing and the flat grey.

The composition was modeled directly after Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” but that’s where the similarities stop.  Each group of apostles deals with the differences between themselves, while not relating with the central figure.  The visual dialog is meant to be read from right to left.

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The painting remained like the above photo for 12 months.  Then, the artist reopened the painting and took it in a whole new direction, with very little regard for the original concept.

The dialogue then switches direction when new layers are created.  The most obvious example of this is the featured baby in the arms of the central figure.  This figure is transformed from Jesus into his mother holding the baby Jesus.  This metamorphosis changes everything.

The new direction was inspired by Graffiti Art and the artist’s own Back-Story Underpainting style.

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