John Brophy " The Saddest Heart on the Holy Mountain " new paintings
Opens Thursday December 4th 2014
John Brophy’s iconographic painted figures are known for their glowing crowns, ecstatic faces, and halos of sacred mathematical formulae. Accompanied by artifacts of Western culture such as astronaut helmets or floating urinals, he creates a surreal contrast between their classical gestures and contemporary situations. For “The Saddest Heart on the Holy Mountain”, Brophy delves into the absurdist nature of sadness through a Dada lens, to create a story about mortality, religion, and philosophy. Each painting is a multi-step process, beginning with a 3D computer program to build a template and executing the final work entirely in oil paint on panel.