Angels of the Universe.
By Stephen Donnini
"Angels of the Universe."
This 20"+24" Poster is one of the "Fire Pond Dragon 2010" Limited Edition Posters. The originals are created with the mythology of the Oriental Dragons in mind. The dragons emote LOVE, Wealth, Health, Happiness, Passion, LUCK and Success in Business. The owner will experience these things upon contemplation. Each poster is Archival photographic reproduction of a mixed media ( watercolor, acrylic, Dr. Martin dye inks, transparent colored inks) painted on linen. The Gielee prints are high resolution reproductions on Archival Paper, with Archival Inks and UV protection.
Oriental Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune. They occupy a very important position in Chinese mythology. They show up in arts, literature, poetry, architecture, songs, and many aspects of the Chinese conscience.
The origin of Chinese dragons is unknown, but certainly pre-dates written history.
The Dragons I paint are created in the spirit of Health, Wealth, and Joy. I believe that these paintings are inspired by spirits guides (Angels) with the intent to stimulate good fortune in all that view them. The more time you spend in the presence of these images, the more happy and serene you feel.
The Celestial Chinese Dragon is comparable as the symbol of the Chinese race itself. Chinese around the world, proudly proclaim themselves "Lung Tik Chuan Ren" (Descendents of the Dragon). As the emblem of the Emperor and the Imperial command, the legend of the Chinese Dragon permeates the ancient Chinese civilization and shaped their culture until today. Its benevolence signifies greatness, goodness and blessings.
The Chinese Dragon, or Lung, symbolizes power and excellence, valiancy and boldness, heroism and perseverance, nobility and divinity. A dragon overcomes obstacles until success is his. He is energetic, decisive, optimistic, intelligent and ambitious.
Dragons are so wise that they have been royal advisors. A thirteenth-century Cambodian king spent his nights in a golden tower, where he consulted with the real ruler of the land a nine-headed dragon. Eastern Dragons are vain, even though they are wise. They are insulted when a ruler doesn't follow their advice, or when people don't honor their importance. They bring upon the essence of life, in the form of its celestial breath, known to many as sheng chi. He yields life and b
My art is about consciousness, mythology and cultural images. No matter where I go in the world, art has it's own consciousness, it's own message about the people of that time and place. Education in the art world is formalized. Mostly because its based on art history not art of the living. Artist have more options now about how and went to show their art. "Art emerges from life, life emerges from art." After art school in Miami, Florida (1968), I pursued an active film career to support my fine artist passion for oil painting. Assignments took me to many different places in the world were I observed the extinction of culture by war in the rainforests of West Africa. I experienced a vast array of art about cultures, mythology, and religions. I capture in images the rainforest environments, people, cultures, and mythologies who face extinction. Extinction has emerged as a major theme in my art. Indio Woman in the rainforest, White Rhino and Rhada are a few examples. Everywhere I look I see the world altering in cultural ways. The painting titled The Venus of Guadalupe is an composite of iconic images of The Birth of Venus by Botticelli and the Virgin of The Guadalupe. Here the cultural iconic sensibilities of the Renaissance in Europe meet the Catholic icon of The Virgin of Guadalupe to create an expression of the clash of culture which I experienced when filming a film for the Vatican in the Southwest. The Venus of Guadalupe expresses the unfolding conflict of clashing cultures in the American Southwest. Cultural and religious sensibilities collide to create a new cultural energy.I have always focused on my fine art as a pure expression of my experiences and the film assignments paid the bills. In this way I have avoided the pressure of making art to please a mass market. Many of my oil paintings have short stories with the same titles like my oil painting on canvas titled Humpback Creeper is about life on a carnival a American traveling show. The image is a clown hiding behind a midway tent. My grandfather owned a traveling show from the 1940 until his death in 1961. As a youngster, I would travel with him during the summer where I learned about what happens on the midway and how the games are set up as "Flat Stores" to flat take your money. The paintings deal mostly with mortality, rituals, culture, religions, sex, mythology and extinction. These subjects reflect the conflict of values and aspirations that shape our worldly experience. The near extinction of these small town traveling shows is a great loss to our culture which has been replaced by video games and other more readily available entertainment. In 1955, I was a small boy playing in my fathers studio, I loved all the astonishing things he had to work with. The brushes of sable and camel hair were my favorites, because they felt so good to the touch. It took many years to discover the real value of those brushes. Fifty years later, I have some of his tubes of oil paint that have long ago turned dense. His fingerprints are still visible on the tubes. He demonstrated, that to be a successful artist, one needed to be technically masterful, live an interesting life, work harder than most and be willing to promote the art. I keep a few of his oil paintings and drawings in my studio as a reminder. My paintings tell a story about the subject that is in my unconscious that combines with my way of perceiving the world. You may find them disturbing, playful or even comforting. My intention is to release the viewer to a new consciousness, a different reality. Much of what happens in painting is the joy of working with oil paint that involves my reverence for light, shape and color. Each painting may take as long as 4 months to accomplish. This happens as a result of the time it takes for study drawings, under painting and for layers of oil paint to dry. I rarely use anything but primary colors. Every mixed color has a small percent of every other color in it. This brings a harmonious conglomeration that becomes its own reality. One important aspect of my art is the relationship to the art collector. I believe I must promote the value and quality of my art, so that collectors will see it as a good investment. In the art marketplace, art is worth whatever the potential future value may be, not always what it is valued at, at the moment. Thats why I spend time to cultivate the growing value of my art for the collectors and a vision of life that is unique through the art. In the end its all about ones experience with the art. Life emerges from art, art emerges from life.