“Eye of the Soul”

This piece was inspired by Ivan Albright”s “The Picture of Dorian Grey”, which hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting was commissioned for a movie based on Oscar Wilde’s book of the same name.   The Artist combines art and literature to illustrate the tortured soul of man.  The all seeing eye with a cross in the corner seems to indicate that someone is watching while mans soul deteriorates and prepares itself for the Gates of Hell.

Dante Alighieri’s “Abandon all hope, ye who enters here….” from his epic poem “The Divine Comedy” is carefully place above the Artist’s rendition of the Gates of Hell.  The gates themselves are made from the bones of the dead and are guarded by fierce gargoyles.  Albright’s painting shows the soul of Dorian Grey.  While he remains young and free of sin his portrait becomes ugly and grotesque.

A quote from Wilde’s book perhaps sums up the Artists thoughts on the subject.  The quote states, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.  Resist it . and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what it’s monstrous and unlawful”.  This quote  ties the piece together and gives interpretation room for thought.

“Eye of the Soul” 2012 Mixed Media and Digital

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