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A Spade For A Spade by Paul Vanzella

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The push and pull of life, between the faceless corporation man 
who either digs himself into his job / business,
or does he even dig shallow graves for a living…
the nude figure…. free thought and artistic expression
does society want to bury his open expression…
are these people one in the same… fighting for the same existence…
fighting for the same space in this world…
faceless corporation man is void of expression… naked and bare man at least expresses who he is….
and doesn’t hide behind the mandatory suit and a blank mask…

so a spade for a spade is all you get when you trade the same stuff day after day…


  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Outstanding work. A theme I have thought about in great depth. Your work packs a powerful punch and is also beautiful in provoking of reflection and feeling. Stunning image Paul and love your words.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    marvelous work paul!

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    A poignant question…and who is to say whose expression is more significant. I suspect it honestly comes down to the right to self express. The polarity between the seemingly plastic lifeless corporate and the spirited naked creative at times hurts my heart. It is the assumptions we presuppose, the fingers we point suggesting one is living and one is existing and to be sure each polarity can just be just existing…but each also can be living their self expression.

    Such a striking image, the stylising is detailed perfectly, the colours, tones are stunning…

    Thought provoking work Paul

  • SexyEyes69
    SexyEyes69almost 5 years ago

    brilliant work Paul! x

  • jumpy
    jumpyalmost 5 years ago

    ohhhh!! intrigued by the dirty effect across the walls and the strange lighter shape you’ve left… mind boggles! Great :P

  • annacuypers
    annacuypersalmost 5 years ago

    A very powerful image, love the symbolics and message with it and the decor and coloring give it a more deep and also painful feeling. I love your lighting, it makes the graphical composition perfect, ’ the right light on the right place ’, well done again Paul,
    hugs, anna

  • butchart
    butchartalmost 5 years ago

    there is a jekyll and hyde in all of us… i guess the trick is to embrace the one we love most…

    as always brilliant storytelling and amazing visuals……love the make-up , styling on the societal figure………..b
  • -Lilith-
    -Lilith-almost 5 years ago

    Paul, this is awesome! Love the message with it…

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    You go Paul! I am on the iPhone, can’t wait to see this from home!!

  • Lisa Defazio
    Lisa Defazioalmost 5 years ago

    Deeply moving…penetrating.
    There is a new depth to this work, a different exploration an opening here like a juncture.
    I feel this – great work Paul.

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