Thursday, February 16, 2012

Satanica Naturalis Print


(shot of me shipping out my first order to Scotland!)

"Satanica Naturalis
print made from professional scan of the original painting
12 x 16 inches
archival acid free rag smooth fine art paper by Craine
100% pigmented and archival ink
150+ years life

each print is signed/numbered by the artist
white border matte
professionally scanned/printed

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I had an idea in my mind that I wanted to create a painting about Satanism that avoided the normal cliches, and didn't have any black in it at all. I've always been of the mind that the color white can seem much more evil and creepy than black, and I wanted to take that even into the albino ravens. I wanted the vibe to be something along the lines of, "so evil and black it's white". Like Spinal Tap, "None More Black". If that makes any sense at all.

The imagery depicts a white goat skull with inverted pentagram carved into the forehead, surrounded by an ornate metallic colored ring. The two albino ravens represent the two types of Satanism; Theistic Satanism (left) and Atheistic Satanism (right). You can tell by their height which one I lean more towards (atheistic), but I would never completely subscribe to any religion. 

I think that all organized religion is inherently wrong, but I wanted this piece to make people think twice about Satanism; if they know nothing about it, it is worth investigating, and aspects of it can actually be quite beautiful. It's never wise to stay in a state of blind ignorance; it's better to find out the facts and then judge for yourself, not just blindly believe what others tell you.

The ravens are flanked by narcissus, a flower that in Floriography (Victorian flower language) stood for egotism, self-love, and self-esteem. This idea of putting yourself first is an important aspect of Satanism. The birds are also holding onto several branches of pussy willows, which form the shape of an inverted pentagram. In Floriography pussy willows hold a similar significance, that of freedom. 


Print ships flat in cardboard

I spent a great deal of time getting this print exactly the way I want it, and had it printed professionally at the local T2 Printing.  The finished product is gorgeous and is easily framable since it is a readymade size.  

The original will be in Hollywood's The Congregation Gallery show called "Sacrilege" this Saturday.
(the original painting)
"Satanica Naturalis"
acrylic on birch panel
11 x 14 inches plus frame

And if you're in the LA area, come out and see some fantastic, beautiful dark art.

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