Self-portraitist. Character builder. Draftsman. Printmaker. Painter.
The Birth of the Jester
Ever since I was a child I envisioned my self-portrait to be on view at art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the Uffizi Museum. To this day I do not know how it feels to be a famous artist, nor how to become famous. However, I will continue to find venues to display my artwork and through this experience, I seek a better understanding in which direction I need to be in to get closer to achieving my goal. Having my art displayed in a major museum.
The art during the periods of the Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque has always been periods that motivated me in creating art. Even during my childhood years, I knew the names of Renaissance artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, but that was the only thing I knew about these artists. I did not know what kind of art they made or what period they were from, just that they were famous artists. After I have taken a Renaissance art history course at Stony Brook University, the artist of the Renaissance became my heroes and I have been trying to attach my work by creating a theme that portrays myself in a frozen moment during the Renaissance.
During my time as an undergraduate at Stony Brook University, it was difficult to convey my artist statement to my fellow students and instructors by creating self-portraits to attach myself with artist during the Renaissance. My fellow students and instructors did not find what I was articulating and what my portrait was illustrating was the same statement. They found it confusing and boring. This experience impacted my outlook on art from an artist's perspective looking at his audience ready to perform like how a court jester performs for a King. Originally, I depicted myself as a jester to make fun of classroom art critiques ironically my fellow students and instructors enjoyed this different direction as an artist statement which leads to my collection of work to grow in this theme.
This exhibition is a part of the theme I called The Birth of the Jester and this is the final exhibition of the jester theme and will be a transition into my next theme which is more Renaissance base narratives.