Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
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Description In Chinese culture, fish are symbolic of water, fertility and regeneration and are sometimes used as a charm to avert evil. Fish are said to swim in pairs emblematic of the joys of union, generally taken to be sexual union. As fish are happy in their own element they have come to signify harmony and marital bliss. In Buddhism, the fortune of the lotus flower is derived from its environment. Its growth begins in muddy water. The lotus flower must rise from the murk to bloom. This is also the path of enlightenment. The path of purification requires faith to resist temptation. Human beings are born in a world where there is suffering. This suffering is essential to the human experience; strife makes us stronger and teaches us to resist the temptation of evil. When we expel evil thoughts from our mind we can stand above the muddy water and become one with the Buddha. Each phase of the lotus flowers development represents a different stage of enlightenment. The closed flower signifies the time before enlightenment and a fully blooming flower represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.In Buddhism fish symbolize freedom from all restraints. In the water a fish moves easily in any direction, so in the enlightened state of mind the fully-emancipated knows no restraint or obstruction. In this digital painting, Two Carp in Lily Pond, two favorite elements in Chinese culture merge; the harmony of the fish and the path of enlightenment signified by the lotus flower.
I.M. Spadecaller, Clearwater Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Welcome to Spadecaller's Galleries.
About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
- Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz)
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