The original painting for 'Sacrifice'

An exerpt from the Artist's Statement in the entry to the Pittsburgh Sacred Art Competition:

"Fire has for millennia been a sacred symbol in the world's religious traditions. From the Old Testament’s burning bush, to the Holy Spirit’s “tongues of fire”, to countless other myths, fire has been a symbol and even a manifestation of the divine. With its undulating form, its almost human hunger and lively dance of light, it is the most captivating of the four primordial Greek elements of wind, earth and water. In nature and in religion, fire is the refiner and purifier that creates through destruction, like the renewed phoenix rising from its ashes. In my art I attempt to vividly capture this sacred concept of death, renewal and resurrection by involving fire and flames in the creative process."

"From the death of a giant tree giving life to hundreds of new seedlings through its decay, to a forest fire bringing renewal to an ecosystem, to pruning a flower, in like manner letting go crutches and attachments can enable new life and vitality in our lives and societies. My art is an attempt to share this sacred concept with others."

More on Russell's Fire Painting Philosophy

 

 


title: Sacrifice
fire, acrylic, on canvas

20x32
Creation:
April, 2004

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title: The Sacred Fire
fire, acrylic, on canvas

20x22
Creation:
June, 2004

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title: Consume
fire, acrylic, on canvas

20x32
Creation:
June, 2004

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