Evolution of Icarus




Artwork Notes:

So… sometimes this happens. When I paint at live events, half the fun is not knowing exactly what I’m going to paint. Even as I’m loading my palette with paint I’m usually still wondering what’s going to happen. At RampArt Skatepark last weekend, this is what happened. Not sure what’s going on here, but one thing led to another and another and another and I guess that’s just how it goes.

The story of Icarus is pretty cool, a warning against pride, but while we mostly seem to focus on that aspect of the tale, we often forget his father’s warning wasn’t just about flying too high, but also too low. Get up off the ground and quit slacking, yeah? Good call. The flying fish has it wired I reckon.

Anyway, I’m sure anyone could read all sorts of other stuff into this, and so could I, but art is more poetry than essay, so I won’t go into all that.

Anyway, hope you dig this little unexpected homage to the master of this genre, Rick Griffin himself. Enjoy!

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Evolution of Icarus"
Original Size: 30" x 40"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2014

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Live Art
Location/Event: With Imperial Destructo @ RampArt Skate Park, Arcata, CA
Date Painted: 09/20/2014
Nonprofit Beneficiary: RampArt Skate Park
Funds Raised: $425


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