Heaven, Earth, and Hell




Heaven, Earth, and Hell, 2011


Mixed Media on Canvas


60” x 90”


“Heaven, Earth, and Hell” makes many historical references to the plethora of religious triptych (three-paneled) paintings commissioned by the church several hundred years ago, like ones done by Hieronymus Bosch, Leonardo Da Vinci, and El Greco. This painting is not to be mistaken as a pious one, but reflects more on the faithful belief system established to maintain and identify the good and the evil. In the center triptych panel, it represents our world that we inhabit and the things we utilize from nature. Juxtaposed next to a heaven and hell scenes, each individual chooses to find our way into the good… or the bad. Personal touches are made with the anime style and my self-portrait, accompanied by a younger version of me. The heavenly figure on the left is one of my idealized images of the good; while the demon-like creature on the right represents the personified evil we all sometimes succumb to. Unlike the historically important religious paintings centuries ago, I don’t glorify the heaven nor demean the hell. There is neither an idealized portrait of myself that exists in this painting nor any elaborate clothing, just the truth. The Buddha image above represents a certain enlightenment that everyone yearns for throughout his or her life. More emphasis is placed on the Buddha with the golden fish and the lotus flower (both symbols of Buddhism). The golden fish symbolizes prosperity and the lotus flower represents purity. The color separation of the top portion provides a special illusion alluding to how mankind is often far from reach from personal enlightenment. When the viewer is looking at this painting from afar, a hazy image of the Buddha is visually organized in ones’ brain. When the painting is approached, the printer process dots became segregated into a colorful pattern that is almost non-objective.


Inner left panel of the triptych of the Garden...

Inner left panel of the triptych of the Garden of Eartly Delights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1480-1505) ...

The Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1480-1505) by Hieronymus Bosch. Oil on wood triptych, 220 cm x 389 cm, now in the Museo del Prado. High-resolution version from The Prado in Google Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





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 www.julianpena.com! 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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