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Size: 39.9 W x 55.9 H x 1.8 in
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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.
"Second Coming" 2009.
Acrylic on canvas.
55.875" H x 39.875" W (141.92 x 101.28 cm) / Organic Realism
"Second Coming" is a breakout piece in one of Jay Worth Allen's flower series that spans several years. "Second Coming" bears the marks of the artist's current style, with its broad bold brush strokes, and includes a fresco-esque technique applied to the flower, by which, combining gesso and paint, an extreme vibrant yellow has been created, emphasizing the ominous, yet beautiful sky behind the giant flower.
A first look reveals the flower's intricate, plush seed-head bursting with life, projecting out of the canvas in warm oranges, yellows, and light greens. Intense yellow petals frame the fertile center in a perfect combination of delicate strength, radiating divine light. Behind, a blue sky mixed with blacks and grays swirl around bright blue orbs, implying movement, as if the heavens themselves are dancing.
No contemporary artist can get away without at least one work created in homage (if only a nudge) to Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. This piece's imagery has at least two similarities: the fact of the giant sunflower subject; and the "Starry Night" reminiscent background. An earlier version of Jay Worth Allen's "Second Coming" bore little resemblance to van Gogh's work at all, and, was a piece he says, "I never really liked." So, as is the case with artists ad infinitum, he painted over the inferior work and produced the spectacular, master work you see here.
As with the other pieces in this collection, the significance of this piece is profound. An exquisite technical accomplishment, in particular, this work culminates the artist's move into a deeper plane of the fons et origo which the he paints -- refreshing, unabashed freedom, unencumbered by human conditioning -- where, if one listens, the very breath of God can be heard.
Works from his flower series are in public and private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad, as well as in several gallery owner's private collections.
Please visit Jay Worth Allen's profile for more information, and to view other works currently being offered through Saatchi Art.
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