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Painting, Oil on Canvas
Size: 11 W x 14 H x 0.3 D in
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This is hyper realistic portrait, the inspiration being Baphomet, the subject of which originated in 1861 with the French occultist Eliphas Levi, who drew an image of the “Sabbatic Goat or Baphomet of Mendes”. Levi’s image is a hermaphroditic figure, sitting cross-legged, with the head of a goat. The figure contains several opposites: one male arm and one female, women’s breasts but a Caduceus phallic symbol, one arm pointed up at a white moon and the other pointed down at a dark moon. The contrasts were to symbolize conflicting forces in the universe that must be balanced to make true light. Levi meant to combine several icons: the Templar figure; Satan; the fertility god-goat of Mendes, Egypt; and the goat that witches supposedly worship at their Sabbats, or pagan holidays. The goat-like appearance of Baphomet also resembles Pan, Puck, and the Celtic Cernunnos. Levi claimed the name Baphomet came from reading the Latin abbreviation for “the father of the temple of universal peace among men” backwards.
Painting:Oil on Canvas
Size:11 W x 14 H x 0.3 D in
Ready to Hang:Not applicable
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Tom Diamantopoulo started his career as a songwriter and musician in the influential band The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. The band released three albums, released six UK Top 40 singles and toured the UK, Europe and America over the course of ten years. While music kept him busy up until his 30's he continued to pursue his first love - fine art, painting whenever he could. For the past 13 years, he has devoted his time fully to his art, developing and exploring his abstract style. He studied art at Northbrook College in Worthing, completing his art foundation course before going on to do a HND in fine art which would precede his degree at Canterbury. Because of his music career, his education in art was cut short and he was unable to complete his HND and art degree. He now works from his studio in Brighton creating large abstract paintings in oil. He sells his work internationally and was recently shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021. His abstracts are large, colourful paintings, with layers of very thick textural paint, that are rooted in colourism and abstract expressionism. He was born colour blind yet despite this, he continues to explore his love for colour and art; expressing that through his enormous abstract paintings. Please feel free to contact me directly for any other inquiries. email@example.com www.tomdiamantopoulo.com
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