Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up

Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up, 2010
Acrylic and Genuine Silver Leaf on Canvas
24″ x 30″
“Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up” is based on Japanese popular culture surrounding Daruma (like the Daruma dolls you see in many Asian businesses) and the symbolism that follows. Traditionally, the Daruma doll is acquired with both eyes left blank. When the owner (usually a business owner) sets a firm goal, that person would paint in the right eye. Once the goal has been successfully reached, that person paints in the left eye. This painting is representing the likeness of Daruma himself, but with his right eye painted in only. Emotional tension exists in this painting, only perhaps because he has set a goal but has yet to reach it. Despite the somber feel, there is still hope because this particular Daruma will one day reach that goal and have his other eye filled in. The title is a Japanese proverb that relates to making mistakes but getting back on your feet and learning from it while overcoming obstacles (hence the fact that those Daruma dolls roll back when pushed but rises back up again).
Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami

Deutsch: Bodhidharma

Deutsch: Bodhidharma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Traditional Japanese Daruma Doll, Kyo...

English: Traditional Japanese Daruma Doll, Kyoto, Japan (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! 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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