In Threes

In Threes

In Threes, 2011
Water-Soluble Oil on Canvas Board
8” x 10”

Advanced Painting course assignment. “In Threes” exhibits the vanities theme, which encompasses the passing of time, materialism, and death. It is a reflection of a myth that death comes in threes. The number three has had its share of symbolic significance throughout world history. The wispy cigarette smoke (relative to its major health risks), the half filled shot glass of alcohol (which has taken control of peoples’ lives), the three pills (they fix one thing will cause harm in other ways), and the spilt wine glass (to reflect the effects of passing time and also luxuries of life) reminds us all of our mortality and fleeting time. Even in this painting time has passed, suggested by the developing spider webs.

Vanitas Still Life

Vanitas Still Life (Photo credit: ellenm1)


About Julian Peña

I'm a visual artist and student currently in progress to attaining a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I've been creating fantastical works of art since I was at the age of 13 years old. My work is transcendent beyond the material world and life itself. The paintings are polychromatic and visually exciting, while still maintaining a level of harmony. The subjects in many of these works of art may not exist at all despite what we perceive. It is a play on perception, an attempt to engage the viewers. I has earned numerous scholarships, participated in several group exhibitions, and already organized my own solo exhibition (CMYK, 2011). My meticulous and unique style is visually arresting. New ideas are constantly being examined and then visually communicated. Come check out my works at! I am is also currently part of the 253 Collective (a co-op) in downtown Tacoma. I currently live and work out of my loft in downtown Tacoma, WA.

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