Wednesday 27 March 2013

Painting of the Day: "What Dreams Are Made Of"

"What Dreams Are Made Of" by Arthur Shawcross.
  Arthur Shawcross, the creator of the above painting, was an American murderer known as The Genesee River Killer in Rochester, New York. He was born in Kittery, Maine, but his family moved to Watertown in New York State when he was young. In fifth grade, his IQ was tested to be "low-normal" (between 86 and 92). However, when tested in the army, Shawcross scored above average in intelligence tests. In May 1972, he murdered his first victim. In 1990, he was convicted of 11 murders and died in prison due to cardiac arrest on November 10, 2008 at the Albany Medical Center.

  A monk once said that if Hitler had not been rejected by the Vienna Academy of Art, he wouldn't have become destructive because he would have had an outlet for all his creative energy. I think the above Art piece is charming, and very much beautiful. It has good composition, and a very balanced use of colours. Though, I cannot help but wonder whether there is symbolism in the painting, and what it means to the artist. For example, the yellow and orange flames at the top right hand corner, does that represent hell? I thought it'd be interesting to show some Art done by not quite conventional artist, and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have.

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