The Pirate Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Pirate Original Mixed Media Painting

1,400.00

18x36 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, graphite, watercolor paper on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a pirate. Pirates have been stealing cargo and terrorizing seafarers since the 14th century BC, when the Sea Peoples, a group of ocean raiders, attacked the ships of the Aegean and Mediterranean civilizations. From Ancient Greece to the Vikings to the old Blackbeard himself, piracy has existed for as long as the oceans were plied for commerce. The practice has always been quite similar, with a large group of men (and on rare occasion, women) overwhelming the much smaller crews of merchant ships and plundering their goods. The main evolution over time has been the weaponry and the ships utilized by pirates, with modern sea robbers using automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades aboard small motorboats to capture their loot.

The Pirate was created using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams. Overall, it has the feel of a tattered black and white photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed character was crafted using watercolor paper and sketched with graphite. This unique process brings the character to life and giving the character a ghost-like feel reminding the viewer of times forgotten. The modern equivalent to this Pirate, a boat with Somali pirates, is painted in the background. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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