Golem Painting by Warren Criswell

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Warren Criswell

United States


Size: 48 W x 36 H x 2 D in

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Painting: Oil on Wood.

My inspiration for this image came from Nicolai Bretan's 1923 opera, "The Golem," in which the rabbi creates a golem out of clay, but instead of doing the rabbi's bidding the golem has its own ideas. But in my painting the rabbi has created the golem in his own image, a super döppelganger with an overdeveloped libido.

I use the materials and styles of the Old Masters to express images and ideas of the present, or timeless archetypes and myths set in our present day environments. But I have no formula or rules. Each of my paintings is a discovery, each with its own formula and rules. I never know what's coming next, I only hope it's something. The worst thing that can happen to a painter is to learn to paint. I approach each painting with fear and trembling, pretending it's my first and hoping it's not my last.





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