Spider Eclip-Tych by Brian C. Zickafoose
22 x 14 Inches Egg Tempera and Oil on Panel
Available as a limited edition set of canvas diptych prints on 3/4″ stretchers.
Edition of 13. Signed and Hand Numbered by the Artist.
About the Art
I was inspired to paint these two pieces during the Great American Eclipse that happened in August of 2017.
On my way to an eclipse viewing party, I was bit on the hand by a spider. OUCH!
Later as we were witnessing celestial bodies in motion, I removed my glasses for a moment and saw a jewel net blossoming outward from the sun, similar to a spider web.
The shear power of that experience combined with the potent spider medicine in my blood moved me to weave that sense of awe into a painting.
Native Americans have traditionally regarded the spider as an allegorical symbol for the creative process. I have also adopted the spider as an animal totem of my own creativity.
How incredible a creature to create and maintain such an elaborate web for its sustenance.
Ciao Amici (or hello friends, as we say in the US!)
Sliding back in the studio after an adventurous summer on the road.
I must confess that I am a habitual workshop attendee. I love diving into the process of learning new skills. More than that, I love the people that I meet.
I hopped the pond for three weeks to study at the Visions in the Mischtechnik Seminar hosted by the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. It was by far, one of the best workshops I’ve attended in terms of the richness of the experience and the quality of learning.
We stayed at Torri Superiore in Ventimiglia, Italy, just off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, near the border of France. The ancient stone facade of Torri Superiore was nestled comfortably in the foothills of the Alps. Those mountains were a genuine focal point of beauty and a potent source of magic for the retreat.
The artists hailed from around the world and a common thread of rebirth and self-healing wove everyone’s art together.
The medieval village of Torri was entirely secluded from modern day activity – the closest store was a 20 minute bus ride into town. The inner worlds were more accessible without distraction and visions came like a flood.
There we were, entrenched in our paintings like the old masters, feasting on delicious organic food and wine like kings, occasionally breaking for a dip in the crisp Alpine grotto over the hill. It was both glorious and productive. By the end of the workshop, I finished three paintings that were showcased at the closing party and art show (my first exhibit in Europe!)
We formed a unique bond with the people who reside at Torri. At one point, the entire village was dancing to acoustic folk music together in a large circle like a scene out of a Disney classic. It was a truly authentic Italian experience that I won’t soon forget. And now I’m addicted to pesto.
I was stoked to report there’s a new Renaissance happening in Italy and Torri was the beating heART!
24 x 24 Inch – Oil and Egg Tempera on Canvas on 2 Inch Gallery Stretchers.
Paper Prints for Sale
Image Size: 14 x 14 in.
Paper Size: 17 x 17 in.
Limited Edition of 25. Each print is proofed, numbered & signed by Brian C. Zickafoose.
Price will increase as the edition reaches its end.
This archival limited edition print was printed on 100% cotton stock with permanent ink.
About the Art
This painting was started at the 2017 Visionary Art Painting Intensive under the direction and tutelage of Alex and Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, New York.
The concept behind this was conceived by Brian Zickafoose as an allegory for the challenges of the creative path. When the artist stay in the creative bubble, the path is true, while danger and peril often loom in the shadows nearby.
The Jamwich Issue 84 – May 2019
I have been a huge fan of Taco and Elise Olmstead’s publication and their involvement with the jam band scene for a long time. So I was thrilled when they asked me to be featured artist for this issue. Elise has been healing from battling cancer and the fact that this issue was even happening I felt was an incredible blessing. In the interview, I dive into the spiritual mission of the artist and the challenges of moving my studio and family to New York. It gets pretty deep – well worth the read. A LOT of Love went into this!
Order a copy here: http://www.thejamwich.com/product/jamwich-issue-84/
Sly By Night – The Covered Bridge at Carrollton, West Virginia
36″ x 24″ x 2″ – Egg Tempera and Oil Mischtechnik Painting on Canvas
Brian Christopher Zickafoose © 2019
Approximately 150+ hours of Love were put into this painting.
A soft autumn breeze blows leaves from the trees. Stars twinkle while a fat little fox flanks the shadowy bank of the Buckhannon River by the covered bridge as the moon first breaks the top of the ridge. This painting celebrates the covered bridges of a bygone era. Thanks for looking. Enjoy!