"Reverie" by Manuel Núñez
Limited Edition Giclee with 24kt gold leaf
Edition size: 125
Signed & numbered by the artist
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"Reverie is explained best by Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report,
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
thing on these things."
This piece is the first of Manuel's steps towards simplifying his work and making it more real. By working with fewer symbols and simpler subjects, Manuel is making his work less complicated and idealistic.
In this piece the vine symbolizes fruitfulness and Christ. The woman holds an incense holder of the type the old Hebrew high priests would use. By swinging the incense holder the scent and smoke of the incense, symbolizing prayers of the faithful, would be sent drifting up to heaven. The burning candle signifies the presence of God.
Manuel Núñez was born in 1956 into a family versed in the arts and Latino culture. His father, Manuel Núñez, Sr., was a well known singer and song writer, who recorded nine Spanish language albums in the 1950’s.
Núñez is a painter, designer, and art director whose passion for art remains obvious. His experience as an illustrator and graphic designer within the fashion industry have resulted in the creation of a series of dynamic paintings. His skillful exectution is achieved through a variety of techniques and mediums including drawing upside down and the use of 24 karat gold leaf.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and the Otis Parsons Institute in Los Angeles. He now produces artwork of unmatched skill depicting women postured with the Lord’s strength and costumed in classical attire. Each piece is inspired by a biblical verse and they give you a sense of spiritual peace. The depth in his artwork is also apparent from the frequent use of symbols such as: gold bars, halos and serpent skeletons.
“My images are of strong women. Beautiful, but not exploited… wrestling with the underlying conflict of what life is versus what it should be.”