Painting > Gold Leaf

I have fond memories of watching cartoons when I was a child. They were archetypes whose adventures served as tales of morality to my developing sense of self. They were heroes I wanted to be like.
As an adult reminiscing about childhood, I became enamored with their adventures again. I had a new found reverence for their place in my imagination.
Combining layers of oil paint and gold leaf to focus on the intersection of illustrative and iconographic aesthetics, the familiar imagery of cartoons is elevated to a higher level of impact, or sanctity. The resulting works serve as artifacts that reference the journey from child to adult.

Thompson and Thompson Nautical (after Herge)
Thompson and Thompson Nautical (after Herge)

Oil, Gold leaf on Panel
8" x 8"
2014