Zatista Fine & Contemporary Art

The Minotaur, Original, Painting

Though not a literal translation of the mythical Minotaur, the figure in this painting is intended to serve as an emotional portrait of the ill-fated character. Confrontational and alone, the Minotaur peers out at the viewer, somewhere between beast and man. The malice is still present, but at the moment he appears perhaps vulnerable, himself a victim of his unnatural circumstances. The graphic strokes around the head are a suggestion of the famous horns. Seen in co unnatural circumstances. The graphic strokes around the head are a suggestion of the famous horns. Seen in context with my 2016 piece "Theseus and the Minotaur", this piece plays an earlier part in the drama, when the Minotaur roams the Labyrinth unchallenged by the might of the great hero Theseus. Title:"The Minotaur" Artist: Derek Overfield Above is a semi-abstract figurative work done from life. The work is completed using a subtractive/additive method utilizing latex paint. The piece is sold unstretched. It can be restretched either inexpensively at a frame shop or DIY and presented in a gallery wrap style. It ships in a sturdy tube, rolled. Statement "...and around his head the fair goddess set thick a golden cloud, and forth from the man made blaze a gleaming fire... there he stood and shouted... and when they heard the brazen voice of the son of Aeacus the hearts of all were dismayed." - Homer, The Iliad My work is influenced by the classical and the romantic, the archaic and the modern - and strives for the monumental, divine and quietly brutal. Through paint and line I seek to capture the light of existence, that "gleaming fire", as well as to portray its gravity. I strive to celebrate the figure, its mysterious power and charisma. Like a purging fire, I hope to burn away the ornament, the unnecessary, in order to expose the purity beneath. read more