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Radioactive Phoenixes - Radium by windfalcon Radioactive Phoenixes - Radium by windfalcon
The first in my Radioactive Phoenixes series: Radium.

This phoenix stands above a pile of cracked teeth and broken jaws - a common ailment of glowing-watch-dial painters who shaped Radium-laced brushes in their mouths. These women were known as the "Radium Girls", who tragically not only died horrifically, but had their illnesses shrugged off as 'syphilis' by the company that hired them to avoid legal responsibility.

Acrylic on board, 14X18 inches

Prints available here - www.etsy.com/listing/623125102…


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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018
Holy, epically phenomenal! This Wondrous Radioactive Phoenix Radium is stunning, and Cracked Bones and Jaws look incredible. The designs, radium-laced brushes, clock, magic, wings, tail, head crest, feathers, back head feathers, eyes, talons, feet, claws, teeth necklace, neon green numbers, cracked bones, brick pillar, bricks, ominous feeling, sky, clouds, storm, mist, mountains, ledges, cliffs, crevices, wind, ground, pathway, terrain, shadows, effects, flow, movement, perspective, realisticness, atmosphere, textures, hues, concept, composition, uniqueness, style, lighting, colors, and other details are also sensational. Amazingly Radical work! :iconfantasticplz:
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GlauxBryonia Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative, to do phoenixes with this theme. I love this interpretation of Radium, especially how foreboding it seems. The bones at its feet are a wonderful creepy touch! 
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thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I kid you not I grew up not far Orange, NJ where this went down. It's just one of many bits of Jersey lore that's stayed with me even after I moved to NY. 
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PinkChocolateHeart44 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it
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piqument Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for bringing light to their story.
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LeaWiggins Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018
It is horrifying, reprehensible, and duplicitous; what those who want to make money their god, will do to the innocent.  This is psychologically a very strong image.  The phoenix looming above the bones of the dead.  The phoenix, which will rise again, and destroy others?  Very creative work.  I will be watching for more! 
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Zzri Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This painting gives me nightmares.
But I still like this phoenix.
I look forward to see the next phoenixes in this series.
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toedeledoki Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2018
Magnificent! The low angle makes the phoenix loom all the more eerily. I'm happy to read this is the start of a series. Looking forward to seeing more :)
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rhunel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018   General Artist
Fabulous!!
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TimelordFandango Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018
There was also time when the stuff was marketed as a medicine!

It was called Radithor and, if memory serves right, one poor bastard took so much of the stuff that his lower and upper jaw fell off!
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WestOz64 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2018
Amazing work...I remember reading about this, really tragic sad 
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Topkicker26 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece! It's such an eerie concept
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Tareloin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Student Digital Artist
holy crap this is such a unique concept??? i can't wait to see more!!
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elementalgirl101 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, with an eery feel to it. Can't wait to see the rest of them!
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MadetGheist Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
quite the promising series
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le-letha Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
This is a FANTASTIC idea! Looking forward to seeing more radioactive phoenixes; I clicked on this asking myself "How have I missed this series?" Well done, and kudos for a very original idea!
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Ryanator50 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is pretty cool! so there will be more phoenixes based around other radioactive elements?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes there will! Next up are Americium (found in smoke detectors) and Uranium.
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Ryanator50 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh that'll be really interesting! what inspired you to represent radioactive elements as phoenixes?
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FoxtaiIs Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
excited for uranium!!
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Kudos.
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fluffyterrierhugger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
sjkdjk amAZINGGG
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Regolith247 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Excellent use of historical context!
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jmart-art Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Great way to start off with the idea.
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we-were-in-love Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist
The absolute best.
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Weidenlied Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a wonderful thing to get inspired by, and, as always, your birds look
utterly brilliantly beautiful.
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Mairwynn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Beautiful, tragic and haunting... I remember learning about this some time ago. 
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hauntingly lovely!
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice Job.
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Kordyne Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
A tragic story behind such an awesome painting!
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WatcherMagic Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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LeoDragonsWorks Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This piece is majestic and also well studied, the sad stories of this many weman is not very notorious
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OrlandoSeaHorse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018
Thats a scary one. And the story behind is even more scary.
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ScribbleSticks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When I first saw the title and image I thought instantly of the Radium Girls. Beautiful job!

Such a shame these girls/women were treated so poorly.
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TwinStarStudios Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Before I even read the bio I immediately recognized the symbolism to the Radium Girls! You did a magnificent job both in your artistic ability As well as the detail that takes emphasis from the women!!! I really love this! ^~^
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Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
chernovyl rises from radiation!
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Ryua Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This manages to be both horrific and beautiful at the same time. You always have such a lovely touch with realism and fantasy. The jawbones are chilling.
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
out of this world
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suziewinkler Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2018
Beautiful clock my dear Brenda!... Love this!...💚💚💚💚💚
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