(50) Lynette Joy – On the eighth day (Australia)
(1148) Steve Light (SLART) – Not like you (UK)
About this Artwork
Price: $75 AUD
When I looked at the original image, I saw the fear in the mother’s eyes and I felt sad that humans can cause such distress to our fellow inhabitants of the wonderful world we live in. And I wondered when humans decided they were superior to all other living beings and by what standards did we make this judgement. Then I thought we probably attributed our superiority to God, because humans always use God to justify the atrocities we commit. I decided to look at the Bible and there it was in Genesis 1:1; ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over … every …thing…. upon the earth.’ I decided that on the eighth day Man must have made some decisions of his own. I wrote my own ‘eighth day’ and then illustrated it in a Book of Kells style.
Lynette Joy has 30 years experience in commercial and private arts practice. She has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in Australia, Germany and France. She has work in public and private collections in Australia, England, Germany and France. Lynette Joy has been short-listed for several art awards, and has been awarded two artist-in-residence placements in France (2016 & 2018). Lynette is currently teaching art and studio practice at RMIT Melbourne.
“I see creativity and spirituality as very closely related. Both activities aspire to bring meaning to our lives. The artistic expression of our soul seeks to give meaning to our lives. In the sharing of such endeavours, we enrich others and ourselves alike. We find common ground in which our longings and fears are transformed into a wonderful beauty infused with innate knowing and meaning.”
Throughout history artists have documented the truth of their world no matter how uncomfortable.
Lynette was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea
The Monkeys and their ways
About this Artwork
Price: 270 EUR
In the reference material for this artwork, I received a page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge 1950’s Encyclopedia, about ‘monkeys and their ways’. The theme that has driven the direction of this piece is the reference that ‘monkeys resemble human beings more closely than any other creatures’.
The cheeky looking gorilla is sending a message to humans that comes in three parts. They are saying ‘screw you’ with the middle finger to human beings for destroying the planet, harming other humans as well as animals. The gorilla is also saying “Not like you” as in “I don’t like you” as well as “Not like you” meaning “We are nothing like you”.
This artwork has a humorous edge to a serious topic, human beings have placed themselves as superior creatures, yet do so many stupid things, cause harm to others and destroy our surroundings for reasons of hate, greed, fear, love and a whole host of reasons.
Monkeys on the other hand live their lives in relative peace and harmony and are perhaps the more intelligent creatures in reality.
Steve Light ”SLART” is an emerging artist, born June 2, 1982.
Currently lives and works in Swindon, Wiltshire and has a studio in Hackney, London.
He works primarily in acrylics, watercolours, oils and marker pen. He often employs bright colours into portraiture in a semi-illustrative style.
”My Art mainly revolves around portraiture but cityscapes also deeply inspire me. I’ve always loved drawing since an early age, so I normally create my art through drawing and painting.
I feel like I am drawn to creating people-centric art because I love the diversity of people, their stories, their problems, issues, baggage, quirks and the like. Paradoxically, I like my own company more so, I was a very shy child and always enjoyed my own company, getting lost in drawing and video games.
I’m trying to communicate a useful message underneath my art, whether it is about life, death or a beautiful city skyline, there’s an underlying message of ‘hope’ to take from it, no matter how bleak some subjects may appear on the surface.
Steve was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The story of animal life- Creatures of the land ,the air and the sea.
The Monkeys and their ways.