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Fire Dance is about ritual and dance and the bridge that it creates between this world and those other we do not understand. In this painting the figures were done in a combination of the styles of Inca and Aztec figures with a touch of influence of the Japanese master Hokusi. Using these styles in combination with the theme of a fire dance and the colors of a raging fire burning off the picture plane and its cast shadows gives the composition an ancient and mystical feel evoking the spirit of the dance.
I believe that humanities major talent is making symbols. We have been this way since the beginnings of our existence as a race. It is the reason we have a written language, music, painting, sculpture, dance, mathematics, the sciences and our entire civilization. This is the cornerstone of what it is to be a thinking human being. My painting, mixed media and digital works are his explorations into the creative spirit.
David Derr Fine Art, Oil Painting, Mixed Media, Digital Art, Assemblages