The Runner Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Runner Original Mixed Media Painting

575.00

12x24 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor, 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 runner. It is thought that human running evolved four and a half million years ago as a means to chase down prey until they collapse and we’ve found joy and agony in the act ever since. Competitive running has its origins in religious festivals and dates back to Ireland in 1892 BC. Perhaps the greatest distance runner of all time is Emil Zatopek, who dominated the 1952 Olympics and won three gold medals in distance running (10K, 20K, Marathon), the only runner to ever do so. He was known both for his cheery demeanor and his grueling interval training. One of the main ways that running has evolved over time is footwear, with Nike being perhaps the biggest factor in that change.

The Runner was created using acrylic and watercolor paint. The long-limbed character was crafted using watercolor paper and pasted on the wood panel. 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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