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Gorilla Depression

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T. Smith Gorilla Depression 2004
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T. Smith


Gorilla Depression



Size - (USA):
36 W x 48 H x 2 D (inches)
Size - (metric):
91.4 W x 121.9 H x 5.1 D (centimeters)


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Artwork Description:   This painting is related in color tone and compositional simplicity to ‘Soul Mates’. The colors are muted and dull and there are only two major elements…the gorilla and the interior hallway. I did a complete acrylic under painting and then painted in thin oil glazes over the acrylic. Images taken from my own photographs of a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo. The hallway was from the interior of a business building where I was struck by how narrow and long the passageway was. This is the archetype of depression. It is literally a monkey on the back, a dull quietness, isolation, fatigue, inertia, apathy and hopelessness. All doors are closed. The gorilla sits dejectedly but also content to wallow in his misery all the time ignoring the potential escape at the end of the hall.

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