Vincent by Anthea  Slade

Vincent created with ink, pastel, charcoal and graphite (mixed media).

Vincent featured in 1 on 1: The Fine Art of Human Portraiture 25 April 12
Vincent featured in Shameless Self Promotion 25 Apri1 12
Vincent featured in Impressionism Cafe 9 Feb 10
Vincent featured in Anger Management 17 Dec 09

Insane or Wired or Brilliant?

Brilliant Plath disappeared in her Bell Jar
Intense Vincent Van Gogh was labelled insane
And when he cut off his ear they cried he had gone too far
They cut poor Frances Farmers emotion out of her brain
And made her placid benign boring and dull
Angelina was considered already dead
Vulnerable girl interrupted accused of a lull
Her hurt was cold but her blood was red.

Insanity was thrown in my face at 17
When the high school boys shouted
My favourite artist Van Gogh was insane…
‘He is not’…I found my voice
‘He is sensitive, passionate, intense,
misunderstood…and Don Mclean had
it right on that Starry Starry Night
He took his life as Lovers often do…
I could have told you Vincent this world
Was never meant for one as
Beautiful as you.

Ah the eternal debate…
There is a fine line between
genius and insanity…they say
and how closely do we step the tight rope
With so much mental illness today
Exposed…Depression, Anxiety,
Bi-polar…Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder…A mental health professional
recently advised that 9 out of 10 have
a mental health issue.
Are so few exempt…are these figures really true?

With so much stimulation in the media, mobile, data
Sensory overload with iPods linked to our brain
Texting 24/7 with our mobiles we sleep instead of our lovers
Is the cyborg fantasy becoming a reality…?
in this wired generation?
Constantly on…we must be or we miss out…
We become fed by instant gratification
and stimulated by virtual admiration.
Addiction to this constant contact means that our
heads are overloaded with stimulus but
not given as much time to reflect, to think, to feel.

We are becoming overdeveloped in responding to stimulus
and underdeveloped in knowing our own heart.
Strangers and outcast to our own feelings
Dependent on the hit and the high of the new
and losing sight of the bravery of the subtle and simple.
Craving perfection and the eradication of foibles
we photoshop out our character lines and faults
so that we fit into some kind of ideal of the neo post notion of beauty.

Are not faults far more defining then some sanitised notion of perfection?
Are not our faults the real indicators of our individuality?
Is not our vulnerability a sign of our sanity?
Does not our sensitivity reveal that we still belong to humanity?
Taking time to celebrate and know the individual in their idiosyncrasies
Surely this is worth the effort rather then striving for some standard of
fantasy that can never be translated?

I shudder when I think were we are headed
Man machine…woman machine…cyborgs half man half machine
I pray that disposable people, relationships that end with a click
of the key and people racing to rejection will never be the accepted.
And that the human mind, heart and soul will pause…think and
move the emotional muscle so that sensitivity can still survive
and link us together through heart and mind
right through to the end of time.

So Vincent, Sylvia, Frances, Angelina and Girl Interrupted
Insanity does not seem to be able to define,
What really was going on in your mind,
As far as I can tell…you all could see, think and feel,
Oh that you suffered and were misunderstood
This cannot be denied but you were
real raw and achingly human in your pain
and there was no question of your humanity
Even if there was and still is a question over your sanity.

To me you were brilliant, free, sensitive and intense
And by all indicators ahead of your time.
And I bow to your courage
to follow your own voice and live the
passion that was raw in your heart…
To me it is as if you just knew right from the start.

by Anthea Slade 26-4-09

Creating art and writing is like breathing to me, it keeps me alive. If I stop creating my world shrinks and contracts. When I start to create again it expands and is filled with colour. I feel whole. To create is to be completely, unabashedly alive.

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  • LostBoy1
    LostBoy1over 7 years ago

    Water colour?…looks fantastic, lots of emotion in this piece..well done!!

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 7 years ago

    Thank you for feedback on Vincent LostBoy1. He is painted with coloured inks.

  • trickyruby
    trickyrubyover 7 years ago

    strong and powerful portrait

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 7 years ago

    Thank you for feedback trickyruby. Vincent Van Gogh is my favourite artist of all time and this was painted as a tribute to his genius.

  • MarkRobbins
    MarkRobbinsover 7 years ago

    Really lovely piece of work, u av done Vincent proud !

  • elfevans
    elfevansover 7 years ago

    Well done…

  • madvlad
    madvladover 7 years ago

    ah yes,he was my insperation from the get go long ago,and i related to him too ,as i had a stress releted problem for a while, i loved his total art giving of him self to his first love, too bad he never had a lover who could have nutrured him but i guess that would not have happened he was who he was likeall of us in the end we are not echos, we are one of a kind if we dare?

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 7 years ago

    Yes, I have always felt as if Vincent was a kindred spirit. I related to his emotional intensity and the fact that he was misunderstood by many. Visiting his Museum in Amsterdam I was overcome with the extraordinary beauty of his work and my eyes kept filling with tears. Yes I always felt sad that he could never find a lover who could love and nurture him. He had such an incrediable capacity to love and give. Thanks so much for your beautiful response to this painting I truly appreciate it.

  • Lior Goldenberg
    Lior Goldenbergover 7 years ago

    Powerful portrait, Vincent would have been happy with it!

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 7 years ago

    Thanks Lior. Your response means a lot to me and makes me happy that you think Vincent would like his portrait :-)

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