Monday, July 27, 2009
The cerebral explanation is that a sense of life is a pre-conceptual equivalent of metaphysics, an emotional, subconsciously integrated appraisal of man and of existence. Life is the highest possible value a man can hold, and living that life the best he can is the only moral course.
"But neither life nor happiness can be achieved by the pursuit of irrational whims. Just as man is free to attempt to survive in any random manner, but will perish unless he lives as his nature requires, so he is free to seek his happiness in any mindless fraud, but the torture of frustration is all he will find, unless he seeks the happiness proper to man. The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live." - John Galt's Speech (by Ayn Rand)
This painting celebrates man's heroic pursuit of true happiness in life.
UPDATE 8/5/2009: SOLD!
Monday, July 20, 2009
"Beyond Good and Evil" is a work by Friedrich Nietzsche, first published in 1886. I do not agree with many of his points in the book but I understand its literary importance. I made this painting with this volume in mind. I had already painted 'The Noble Soul' inspired by Nietzsche and now I complement the work with 'Beyond Good and evil'.
There are many Nietzschean themes in this painting, I'll let the viewer find and interpret them. One of my favourite novels, "The Fountainhead", borrowed a lot from Nietszche, without totally buying into his views. Nevertheless, the influence was there and I felt the need to explore it.
Painting is 36x48, on auction at eBay this week with free shipping to the USA and Europe.
Jeff Hughart and I have spoken of doing a collaborative work. I look forward to this. I'm a big admirer of his work, which can be seen at http://www.jeffhughart.com. We don't know when it will happen, but it will happen.
UPDATE: 7/30/2009 SOLD!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The Virtue of Selfishness is now up for auction on eBay with FREE international shipping. It's a statement against mindless collectivism and mob mentality. We are all unique individuals but for some reason society tries very hard to make us all the same. These days the words "altruism" and "selflessness" have acquired a positive meaning which, in their original form, they could never deserve. Altruism, selflessness and self-sacrifice are immoral and destructive. They were the principles behind communism and fascism. Of course, for selfishness to be a virtue it must be a moral selfishness, not petty immature selfishness. The exact meaning of selfishness must be understood as "concern with one's own interests". A virtue should secure and protect one's own rights and values, therefore selfishness is a virtue.
I just would like to make a distinction: Immoral Selfishness would be a regard to your own welfare to the disregard of the welfare others. That has become the most widely used form of the term "selfishness" and is not the point of this painting.
*UPDATED 7/14/2009* SOLD