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Unborn War Hero

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acrylic on canvas, 34" x 40", 1975

One painting that seems to summarize Rapp’s attitude is his MONUMENT TO THE UNBORN WARHERO. A large painting which includes scenes of brutality; tyranny; the soldier in various historical periods; images of Hitler; human sculls; alarming pictures of wolves; warplanes overhead and a very bold nude female figure giving birth to what appears to be a crucified figure of man. It is his visual summary of the consequences of war. Rapp is an accomplished artist, and like so many European artists who have settled in Canada, he has a strong command of modern surrealist imagery. Excerpt from the critique by J. Brooks Joyner, Editor Visual Arts, The Albertan, Saturday, May 29th, 1976

Interesting update (July 13th 2009) - to date, this painting had over 40.000 (fourty thousand!) views on my FAA website… - roughly 10 times more than my next most viewed work. Other than I had it on display at the Saachi Gallery Showdown (and placed in the top 50 several times), I cannot account for that many views (compared with my other work). Seems it gets on average 1500 hits per week. Is it the keywords, or does google really love this so much it ranks it high when searching for "war hero monuments" ?
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LunaNero's avatar
so powerful... fantastically done!
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
thanks, and thanks for the fave!
larkin-art's avatar
outstanding surealist imagination. excellent arrangement of form and color too.
Syr-Grimm's avatar
das bild ist wahnsinn! sowohl malerisch als auch inhaltlich! solch qualität sieht man bei dA wirklich nur noch sehr selten.
das bild wirkt außerdem wie eine lasur, aber mit acryl? :+fav:
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Danke fuer das Kommentar. Ich habe mich erst kuerzlich an dA angeschlossen, so kann ich nicht sagen ob dies der Schluss ist, doch habe ich hier viele talentierte Leute getroffen.
Was die Lasur anbelangt: das ist schon moeglich mit Acryl farben - verduennt mit medium und in transparenten Schichten aufgetragen, oder auch mit einem Lappen oder Schwamm uberwischt. Acryl trocknet schnell, so mehrere Schichten koennen in kurzer Zeit aufgetragen werden.
Acryl Farben koennen aber auch mit Eidotter, etwas Wasser und Acryl Medium gemischt werden, wobei man einen Tempera Effect erzielt.

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Thank You!
Madfozzie's avatar
this is amazing, very creative. I love your colors.
gromyko's avatar
Michelangelo's surreal version
ArtOfTheMystic's avatar
thanks - I always admired big M!
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