Alain de Botton by Mark Sheeky

G1038A Alain de Botton
Oil on canvas
July 2018, Size 280x280 mm

Detail from Alain de Botton by Mark Sheeky

About this painting
A portrait of the philosopher. The composition compares the mind with the world, relating the rising sun with the cranium. The eyes however are covered with red crosses... what does this mean? A lack of knowledge, or internal blindness? This seems to relate to earlier falling crosses, such as those in 31st Century Crucifixion.

The pose is serene, perhaps Buddhist, in thought, the the crosses are disturbing, unnerving, the dawn a beginning, or some sort of end, or indicator of a lack of rest? Perhaps there can be no eternal peace.

Alain de Botton (Original)
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