December 04, 2016

Black Apple, the painting

I'm pleased to present to you my latest painting "Black Apple". The surface is a rich, dark, reflective gloss. Light reflects from it, you can even see your reflection in it if the light is right. A cold dark reflective design, broken only by hundreds of abrasions across the painting.

This work was a real challenge to complete. Soon after Apple released the new Jet Black iPhone, I knew I wanted to capture the character of it on canvas: shiny and perfect and so, so dark. And so I painted it, smooth and black and shiny... but after finishing it, I realized something was missing. I couldn't put my finger on it, it just wasn't complete yet. I pondered this for weeks, and then finally gave up... it just wasn't working for me. I decided to repaint the whole painting. As part of that process, I would have to sand the entire front surface so that the new paint would adhere. As I was sanding the front, it started to dawn on me... OMG the scratches were looking amazing! It was just what the painting needed to warm it up and give it character. I finished sanding, and then applied a gloss coating on the entire surface. I loved it.

It's kind of funny. New owners of the Jet Black phone are usually obsessively worried about scratching their new baby. But for my painting, scratches became the missing element. For some, the painting may symbolize the flaws and rough edges with technology, or perhaps even a comment on what some think is Apple's recent rocky road. But for me, the scratches and flaws are like the lines on a well-loved face, or the scuff marks on your favorite hand tools. Without them, there is a heartlessness of perfection. With them, a sense of humanity is brought to the object, a warmth that comes only with use. I hope it helps you look at other objects in your life that may have "imperfections", and appreciate them even more.

This painting is available for sale, just email Snaggy for details.
-Nitrozac

Posted by Snaggy at 12:49 PM

July 21, 2016

Lunar Eclipse!

I'm pleased to present to you my painting "Lunar Eclipse", depicting a total lunar eclipse.

Check it out in the webstore!

You probably know this, but a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon enters the shadow of the Earth. To achieve a total lunar eclipse, the alignment of Sun, Earth, and Moon must be such that the Moon enters fully into the deep shadow cast by Earth. This happens once every 2.5 years or so, and it is a beautiful sight to behold, as often the Moon takes on a deep reddish color. A lunar eclipse may be viewed from anywhere on the night side of the Earth, this particular eclipse I've painted was viewed on the evening of September 27 2015, from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.



This painting was a delight to work on. Despite being small, I think it really captures the majesty of a lunar eclipse. Its demure size makes it more personal, like a memory you can tuck away into a pocket. Every time I look at it, I remember the feeling of wonder I have seeing our gorgeous moon turn a deep red color, and seeing all the stars beside the Moon that are usually lost in the glare. During a lunar eclipse, one really understands that there's a planet out there! This sense of wonder about our solar system is a feeling we too often forget, but with this little gem in your life, it is only a glance away. I know the new owner of this delightful object will enjoy it as much as I do. Happy bidding!

-Nitrozac

Details: Lunar eclipse, an original painting, on 2.5 x 2.5 inch stretched canvas, with a wooden frame. The painting is about a quarter inch thick, with painted sides, so you can display it as is, on the wooden frame, or however you wish. The back of the painting contains the title, the date painted, Nitrozac's signature, and a fingerprint for authenticity.

Best of luck to all bidders, and to the winner, I know you will adore this little painting as much as I do. It was an absolute pleasure to paint and to be honest, it will be very hard to part with!



Item is available for sale, check it out in the webstore!

-Nitrozac

Posted by Snaggy at 10:07 AM

June 21, 2016

Bitcoin, the painting! With magic numbers!

I'm pleased to present to you my painting "Bitcoin", depicting a typical digital representation of the currency, but with a special twist!

Bitcoin came onto to the scene in 2008 and was the first decentralized digital currency, or cryptocurrency. Bitcoin is a really interesting development in the evolution of our monetary system, it’s not attached to any banks or countries and exists only in the digital realm. I thought it was about time for a painted tribute, so here we are!

One of the hallmarks of my work is taking objects from the digital realm and illustrating them using old media like paint. There is a real satisfaction and joy one gets seeing the ethereal entities we see onscreen everyday turned into real objects like paintings. I painted the Bitcoin symbol with brightly coloured broad strokes to emphasize the paint medium. I chose gold tones for the coin to symbolize its roots in the money system, which of course used to be gold-backed. The background is in green tones, as green is, well, the colour of money, and I gave it a dark underbelly to represent the Dark Net where Bitcoin is often used.

The painting is also a portrait of Bitcoin's mysterious inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, whose real identity remains a secret. The only thing that is known for certain about Satoshi Nakamoto is his public key, so I've painted that! Number for number, layered on top of the dramatic Bitcoin symbol, in a semi-transparent gold paint, is the meticulously painted public key of Satoshi Nakamoto. These numbers have a magical quality to them and the effect is mesmerizing! You look at the painting one way and the Bitcoin symbol is prominent, then when you tilt the painting in the light, the numbers and letters of the public key emerge right before your eyes. It's like the numbers are animated or holographic, and it's really cool. It’s the visual representation of encryption and the digital world, and it gives this painting an otherworldly dimension and a life of its own. Check out the video to see what I mean!


This painting was fun to work on, the magic numbers were a real challenge to paint, but I think I met that challenge! I know the new owner of this delightful object will enjoy it as much as I do.

-Nitrozac

Item is for sale, if you wish to purchase, please let Snaggy know!

Posted by Snaggy at 08:59 AM