Acrylic, Spray paint
49 x 69 x 3 cm
The Hokusai inspired waves are painted over the blind-painted background, and with Dubai’s stylized skyline on the horizon. The eyes and the loving, tender, omni-present tentacles grasp for your imagination, leaving you lusting for more. And more. More is more. The old eyes belong to the spirit of the sea, who has the power to either elevate you to unknown heights, or bring you down to utter destruction.
This is one of my personal favorite paintings. It started out - like much of my art - as a blindfold painted background. Then, I started adding the Housai waves. I’ve wanted to do a Hokusai tribute for many years, as The Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of my all-time favourite pieces of art.
For the skyline, it’s of course Dubai, where I lived for 12 years. The look of the skyline is something I first explored in Athene Noctua actually, where some of my blind painting on that one looked like skyscrapers - but at the time I just put a pin on taking that further. But here it works really well, and I like that it looks kind of like a mirage, since many people who are critical of Dubai (wrongfully) say it lacks substance.
Then, after that, when I was starting to finalise the waves, I (yes, again) started seeing eyes in the waves! So I just went right ahead and added them, and of course realised that they then are the eyes of the spirit of the sea! The top eye always reminded me of a caricature of a certain US president whose name I don’t like to use, but it starts with a T. With the wave over the eye being the hair. I almost always think about that when I see the painting, and it puts a bit of a damp cloth on it, but I’ve decided to keep it. There is no coincidence that I feel that way, and the reason will make itself known when the time is right.
Having added the eyes, I somehow got the idea to add giant octopus arms! Like, Kraken style! Because of course this spirit of the sea has that! And I find octopi very fascinating in general, and they aesthetically look gorgeous - so why not?? :)
To top this maximalist or neo-expressionist (what do YOU feel is more “correct”..?) painting off, I spray painted it in black from outside of the front glass, both at the top, and then in also beige with a stencil for the signature. So, the frame is very much a part of № 10: Extra Everything, and that is how it's sold and shipped.
If you are interested in acquiring this piece of art, I’m happy to supply additional pics (including of the early stages progress), and answer any questions.