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The Reluctant Givers by back2basic The Reluctant Givers by back2basic
Title:The Reluctant Givers
Medium:water mixable oil paint
Size:5ft x 4ft
Collection of Mr.J

Basically, in this painting, enigma illusionist Jon Jaylo illustrates the narration of a simple, yet morally relevant story. It is plainly a simple tale of a once, run of the mill couple who suddenly turned into privileged elites due to some fortunate twist in fate. All they wanted was to help the people with their altruistic idealisms, but power soon corrupted their souls and their once genuine hearts are now tainted by the stains of earthly temptation. And this is what a came of them, a painting entitled “Reluctant Givers”
Jaylo retained his customary trademark of depicting his figures in an eerie, faceless rendition, which according to him symbolize the universal ambiguity of his creations. They can range from anyone to everyone. He wants them to be general, because chiefly, his allegorical messages are bound to be consumed by the general public itself, turning it into a silent song of national revolution. He portrayed the images with eating utensils as heads because he believes that this symbolizes their gluttonous nature of eat all, give none. They indulge in a bountiful, sybaritic dinner and yet, the people beneath them are only given a small piece of bone for consumption. Ironic as it is, this is actually our present situation. They are basically those people who give for formality’ sake, but in reality, they don’t really give with their hearts, but with its lustful desire to be recognized. They sympathize to the unfortunate as if they do, but in reality, all they do is lay their human waste and feed it to the people. In fact this is also shown in the painting, in where they eat with the people to create a semi-realistic feel that they empathize with them. Their manor atop the tree rests higher than the mountains in the audience viewpoint, which signifies that it is actually reachable, but there is a certain illusion that makes them unreachable and inaccessible to the brooding peasants in the painting. According to the artist, he created a vague resemblance of a 'familiar office' for it to symbolize any unreachable haven of an elitist. a certain unreachable place that we all have heard of once in our lives.
Most of the widespread hunger in a world of plenty results from grinding, deeply rooted poverty. In any given year, however, between 5 and 10 percent of the total can be traced to specific events: Political,Armed conflict,Social and Economic disruptions,laslty droughts or floods.This year, 854 million people across the world are hungry and malnourished.Six million children under the age of 5 die every year as a result of hunger. According to Jaylo, this survival rate would be impossible for those unfortunate, destitute souls unless a kind heart would emerge down and help them. Simply, the artist created this painting to inspire the people with the one word that our Creator had always told us to do. A word simple and basic, that we sometimes strip it off from its truest and purest essence.......Help.

****: Id like to give my sincere thanks to *avfc4me and
^snowmask for the daily deviation...and to all who passed by and left such inspiring comments..
"Thank You Everyone" :-)

will try to write back every comment once my scheds clears:-)

to God be the glory.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-06-25
There is just so much wealth in the undertones of ~back2basic's work that just keeps one's head spinning, and The Reluctant Givers is most definitely one to elicit profound contemplations, which coupled with the seamless rendering makes this an irrefutable masterpiece. ( Suggested by avfc4me and Featured by snowmask )
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
great lighting
novus41 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work
EriseHC Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
fractalhead Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
very good
Ebrius-ART Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist
nertissas Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
the piece its wonderful, the only thing that i would say is that the spoon should have some kind of reflection of what is going in front of it (humans)
NaturesMate Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, no I'm not sure if that would fit so well- firstly this two figures don't really want to see what's the truth and secondly it stays anonymous and comprehends and adresses every one who looks at it.
In my opinion it's felicitous.
DreamControl371 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Protecious Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
really amazing work!
LeaveMeza Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I very much enjoy this
arodmp Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
very nice job
IzgorCore Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
[link] Featured you
danielramosruiz Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
GENIAL....!!!!! Congratulations!!!! A greeting. Daniel
sharonscapes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Love all your work!!!
kaizenman39 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work :)
notsafeforwindows Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The concept in this piece is stunning.
Ivankramsko Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
excellent work..
Rustypanther Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a perfect just such amazing work!!!!! wow! i love it soooo much :) such a great dreamy feel to it!
oblivionhaze Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
love the surrealism in your work. a fan right away
Arturangga Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
I love the concept,
i dont know why but i laugh when see your artwork :D
shiggety-why Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Aaaahhhh, I had posted this on my tumblr a while ago [link] , and I'm not sure if informed you. ._.; Anyway, I had initially made it so that clicking on the picture links back to this page, but now I'm updating all of my old tumblr posts to include more information under the picture (just in case there are some people who don't bother clicking to find the original.)

(Not that it really matters, since I have very few people who look at my tumblr, but still.) :D NOW YOU KNOW.
shesamonster Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This looks very Magritte, if you don't mind me saying. I absolutely adore this! Spectacular job!
monika-es Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
featured here [link] !
:bulletred:remember to add news to :+favlove: if you like it!!! :bulletred:
thesvetislav Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
One real complete painting!
nephely Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... the idea is brilliant, and the picture looks great! I love especially the colours:heart:
codyp9 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I was blown away how amazing it was just seeing it, then I read what goes with it, then I was speechless. Amazing!
reesy1080 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
spooning leads to forking!
YossyHal Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Looks nice.
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful idea, great story and interesting premise. Not to mention a fabulous execution.
O-Uaglione Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
I'm gonna have to come back to this, when I'm not so lost for words.
Just...amazing,'s all I can say for now. Powerful. Intense. Meaningful. Necessary. Art.
MihaelaJ Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:) soo interesting !
Gojira2006 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
What a stunning morality play - superbly illustrated . . . !
acIrmo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work!
TenderlySharp Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautifully rendered color, light, and gesture.
"...due to some fortunate twist in fate." is not how people usually attain success, usually they work very hard to achieve anything and they resent lazy people who want something for nothing.
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
1st of all, there is no god

Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very very well done :clap: I think this is one of the most marvelous surreal paintings I have seen.
ArwenArts Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Amazing work! :wow: Love all, composition, light, colors, and choice to compose elements! Very creative :clap: And congratulatuions for this so deserved DD :boogie:
QAuZ Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
This has been featured [link]
pantasticalpants Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
Featured [link] :)
SuperSmurgger Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured : [link]
darkyuzuki Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
Excellent work!
Very interesting description.
Myn-Anthony Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, this is wonderful! Not only is it just visually gorgeous, but the undertones and details are so clear. It's not a subtle piece, but a bold and clear message. An important message. And those details... I could stare at it for a long time just to find all the smaller touches. Like how the fork's finger is protectively guarding his food, and also how the spoon is handing over a single bone from her meat. And yes, while this is a great work of art, I just had to subtly bring up the fact that they're giant dinner utensils. :XD: But I do see why you've made them non-human, and I appreciate the symbolism. :) Ah, I wish I could fully describe what this painting says to me, but it's extremely late. ^^; I'll just end with I love it. :love:
VI0LYNCE Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
The childrens' faces reflected in the wife's metallic face makes me sad :( Indeed a very strong painting.
moon-hotel Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is totally amazing. Do you mind if I post it on my tumblr (which is all about object-headed people)? [link]
Frozen-Empire Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
If it is one thing that art was created it was to point the wrongs of the society, and you did a preety good work on your part my friend , bravo :clap:
GrasshopperGirl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
And thus the spork was born.
Mr-Boreswell Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional
I have favourited this because I am very impressed with your talent with oil paints, surrealism, photorealism and your conceptual mind.
Tenmatic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Kudos to you on receiving the Daily Deviation for this. I have to say, the story behind this painting as well as the work itself has rendered me speechless, yet brought me to contemplate on what message it's trying to bring. :clap:
LiGiK Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
really interesting idea!
CrypticDog Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't suppose they eat using men and woman? ;)
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Submitted on
October 11, 2008
Image Size
2.7 MB


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Shutter Speed
10/1250 second
Focal Length
7 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 29, 2008, 5:11:26 PM