DREAMS AND PROMISES
Dreams and Promises utilizes an image of a Maasai moran wearing a enkuraru head dress used in the eunuto ceremony when a warrior who has not yet killed a lion pass from senior warrior to junior elder status. The headdress also is in an almond shape that symbolizes the feminine in the universe and a rebirth. Therefore the dream element, a dream of a brighter future... the floating suggested figures also suggest a dream state, each of which has their own symbolism for me but are open to interpretation by anyone. The man in the background I see as a salesman, a dream seller, making promises he cannot always keep. There is an analogy to big business and also agents for artists. In many ways this piece is also a political analogy.
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.
TWO LEFT FEET
This is about stupidity, dullness and how, especially if it is our own, we are blind to it. (By the way, the main figure actually has two right feet, not two left feet.) The main figure hasn't a clue why he can't mount the horse, even though he is holding the limbo bar that stops him. The horse knows why and gives us that knowing look that says, “I can't believe this guy is so stupid.”
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