I first encountered the myth of Sisyphus in college… in the midst of a relatively deep relationship with existentialism. This painting developed quickly into a visual interpretation of that story, as the generalized “mound form” was produced in a common painted gesture. A large boulder sat atop the form for the first iteration, and stumped me for a day or so when I could not come to terms with it’s proper shape and size. So, to solve the compositional issue, I painted over the “rock” and laughed when I realized that was the perfect illustration of Sisyphus’ story. If you aren’t familiar with the myth, I recommend looking it up… I could explain it here, but I won’t. The painting is one of my current favorites.
twentysixteen-32 (Sisyphus) – 24″x24″