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Derek McGowan
Baltimore , Maryland - United States
Oil Painting - Social Commentary

…what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 9

It is my belief that today’s art has become detached from meaning. Today’s art is made spontaneously and without planning, thus it offers no message to the viewer. My artwork attempts to restore meaning to painting and return to a time when art attempted expand the vision of the audience by presenting the viewer with the ills and triumphs of society. By drawing parallels between the U.S. dominated world of today and the past-histories, legends and myths- of other civilizations we can find, among other things, how far we as a people have come. One obvious connection would be with the last great world civilization, the Roman Empire, but every civilization has its own histories and legend which I will pull from. Since the past, one could say technology has grown and the world has become closer but have the ideals evolved? Have the values changed and what is the result?
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Beverly Tunstall
2010-08-11 01:39:18
Absolutely love your work. Im just getting started so very inspiring

2008-08-31 20:29:26
Nice one. Check my site too and give me your feedback.
Johnnie belinda Ramey
2008-05-08 09:41:02
Your art shows compassion, Like sneak peak into others joyfull life.
johnnie belinda
cathy savels
2007-04-10 02:50:55
Incredible realism. Something I strive for. Do you work from photos?

2007-03-03 13:47:24
nice touch and great detail.
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