“Holy Heart of Mary”
MIxed Media on wood
The ‘San Francisco Mission District’ series is meant to be less of a religious statement than rather a playful homage to the beauty of the ‘holy images’ in their lovely colorful palette yet wonderful serene expression. Having lived in the Hispanic part of the San Francisco Mission District for about six years I was continuously drawn to those ‘holy figures’ which had ‘settled’ in almost any corner of the streets, grocery stores, corner stores and murals. After collecting a humungous amount of those candles in my (back then) small room I couldn’t help doing any differently than giving them a personal touch in form of small wood boards painted with a ‘holy blue’ as often found on religious icons. And most importantly, contrary to the candles, the artwork can be HUNG instead of cluttering shelves, floors and dressers..!
How it’s made:
All pieces of this ‘San Francisco Mission District’ series feature original blueprints that were removed from the cylinder shaped glasses (please see photo attached) of the Mission Candles.
The blue, faux-finished background gives the piece a 3-dimensional look from a certain distance. It is painted on canvas and then aged with theatrical acrylic paint mixed with fine sand for texture. The canvas squares are mounted on 10″×10″ self-built wood boards which I stained and shellacked from back to front for an also aged look. All four edges of each board are also covered with distressed aluminum.
Each piece is an original and is signed on the bottom left by the artist.