Duke Windsor: “Reflections” – Sparks Gallery

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Duke Windsor: "Reflections" - Sparks Gallery

Sparks Gallery is pleased to demonstrate new get the job done by artist Duke Windsor in this collection termed, “Reflections”. Be a part of us for the reception on Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 5-8pm

Duke Windsor’s accomplishment as a modern day artist lies in his skill to infuse ordinary subject make a difference with his have ingenuity. Identified for his predisposition to paint the crowded alleys of North Park, burgers dripping with grease, or trash cans put out to the suppress, Windsor treats every single with the reverence of a beloved relic. And to commemorate 30 yrs as a qualified working artist in San Diego, this sequence, titled “Reflections”, focuses on the city’s streets. Each portray is gilded with lustrous gold leaf, a strategy inspired by that utilised for aged Russian icons. By providing a form of sacred designation to these secular, worldly scenes in his art, Windsor implores the viewer to rethink what is deemed as beneficial and treasured in our day-to-day natural environment.

From the Artist:

“The exhibition ‘Reflections’ is a exclusive exploration of the liminal space amongst city landscapes and religious introspection. Via big-scale acrylic paintings, I invite viewers to delve into the transformative ability of Artwork in standard alleys. The gold leaf skies in these paintings symbolize a deep non secular reverence within just the solitude of the depicted areas, presenting a one of a kind perspective on the common. This show features a number of up to date cityscapes and the perform on screen was produced employing acrylic, and imitation gold leaf. 

The artworks in this exhibition are a testament to the transformative electrical power of light-weight. As you transfer around the pieces, the illumination shifts, revealing new perspectives and switching the dynamics of the function. With meticulous attention to depth and thoughtful composition, I have captured the essence of missed alleys, turning them into portals of contemplation and tranquility. The golden skies that dominate these canvases provide as a metaphor for the divine existence that infuses even the most mundane corners of our environment, urging us to pause, mirror, and discover attractiveness in the every day.

Why gold leaf?  GOLD is the color of extravagance, prosperity, riches, and extra and shares a number of of the exact attributes as yellow. Gold is a heat colour that can be dazzling, cheerful, somber, and common. Its cousin, yellow, and the colour brown is also connected with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, and knowledge. In Artwork, the Golden Imply or Golden Ratio is the idea that the all-natural environment has best symmetry by divine layout.  Gold is a spiritual reverence held for historical gods in worship. The Golden Rule in the Outdated Testament refers to the substantial standards of dealing with all people equally. Gold is a image of divinity and is described all through the Bible. Pagan idols had been frequently designed from gold, and the Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold (Exodus 25:10-17). The present of gold to the Christ little one symbolized His divinity—God in the flesh. 

In ‘Reflections’, I hope to transcend mere representation, encouraging viewers to experience a feeling of awe and marvel in the common. Imbuing my paintings with a religious depth issues us to search over and above the surface of matters and explore the hidden attractiveness within just the regular and the unassuming. I take into account the sacred in the seemingly profane to search for solace and inspiration in the most unforeseen of destinations. My Art serves as a poignant reminder of the interconnectedness of all issues and the prospective for transcendence in the humblest of surroundings. With just about every brushstroke, I invite you to embark on a journey of introspection and discovery, where the city alley will become a gateway to the divine, and the mundane turns into a supply of marvel and reflection.”

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