My Saint Cecilia

Quinten Rhea

Joined June 2011

Artist's Description

my 6′×4′ canvas/oil painting version of Saint Cecilia. I bring her more into the foreground, making her more of a presence in the composition. I lighten and brighten up the hues and values, and relieve her of 40 % of the oppressive fabric that seemed to bury and restrain her. She is now lighter, brighter, and more contemporary, while still retaining her classic aura and appeal. I installed LED backlighting that illuminates the canvas from behind, turning it into a stained glass type effect. It can also be veiwed in complete darkness for upto 20 mins. with the subtle touch of glow in the dark paint certain areas. So there are three manners of viewing this work, each incarnation unique and intriguing. This is Artistic creative innovation at it’s best. Creating new techniques and new concepts reinvigorating everything. She, this, was the focal and final piece of 7 works from my free solo event on 11/22/11 at City theatre “Rhea’s Saint cecilia day feast” A celebration of Cecilia, the Arts and Artistic inspiration. All works inspired by and dedicated to Saint Cecilia. There is poetry that accompanies each work, performed live over a bed of my own musical creations. This is Art for art sake at it’s best. They say true Art is derived from suffering. There must be something to it because when I created these works I was working 80 hour weeks and still made time for painting. At least an hour here and there, I have over 300 hrs in each. I couldn’t keep my eyes open at times i was so tired, but when I woke there was progress and sometimes just a heck of a mess, but we do Art because we want to, Painting is the one time I have that does not belong to anyone but me. though often borrowed from my physical need to sleep, I made time for it., I had to. So there you have it, Art for art sake, Art inspired by Saint Cecilia, created by me, for you…Stay Inspired…

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