Icarus Took Flight

Icarus Took Flight

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Dimensions:  102 cm x 152 cm (40in x 60”)
Year: 2018
Material/Process: Acrylic, oil, gouache, charcoal and spray on latex primed, stretched gallery canvas. Finished with a blend of matte mediums and satin varnish.

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UK - The Underdog London

“Icarus flew too close to the sun. But at least he flew.”

This piece is an exploration of the essential and enduring elements of the human spirit which seem to defy social gravity and transition us skyward towards that which is great, monumental and heaven-bound. It seeks to recalibrate the false narrative that what is safe, mundane and “reasonable” should be sought after, calling upon the audience to consider that humanity has only ever been moved forward by those who where anything but.

Destiny turns its favor toward those who take action, awarding them with success and a heroic recognition in life. Even when that recognition and glory is born from the hero’s fall, the myths and legends that survive to us from the echoes of distant time are all oriented towards freedom and the striving of humanity towards an ascending fate.

We hold these truths self-evident: that the greatest of human powers is the ability to independently think for ourselves, to choose our own aims, affections, and actions. Even when it means our own doom. In hearts of humankind lives a natural instinct for freedom and independence, a psychological predisposition for self-direction, a biological imperative toward greatness, and a spiritual joy in choosing and advancing one’s own life and the lives of our own culture and people. It is the main motivation of humankind to be free, to express our true selves and pursue our dreams without restriction.

Since the dawn of time we have cast our will and our ingenuity against the impossible. So often we seem to fail, only to then arise from the ashes to fly further than those who came before us. Each hero who pushes the inner and outer limits takes a bold, defiant step on amongst the stars and high places towards mankind’s ascension. It is therefore more glorious to fail at great attempts than to forever succeed only at mediocre ones. No legends are written about those who stayed home, risked nothing, and played it safe. 

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