Homunculus Abstract Oil Painting
In alchemy, one of the more "forbidden" operations is the creation of a tiny human being called a "homunculus." I love the graphics that have come down to us about what this operation might look like while it's going on and decided to do an abstract oil painting to represent it. The darkness of the initial Black stage is on the left. Application of heat drives off the impurities. The Red and final stage is figured in the center. The homunculus itself rests against the side of the flask edge, seen in the lower left quarter, where blue bolts of energy enliven it. Heat escapes upward as yellow flames. Although the homunculus might not have a soul in traditional alchemy, in my painting the white light is the gift of one. The sparks of life coagulate on the right, but some are lost upward. I so enjoyed painting this image.
The original painting is oil on canvas, 24 x 24"/61 x 61cm with a traditional 3/4"/2cm profile and is ready to frame. The giclee prints are on 100% cotton archival fine art paper, colors are matched to the original by the artist, and they are signed on the back.