Shark Compositions, 1998-1999

This series was intended to present the various mental states of an individual soldier during and after war. I used the mythology of the Hawaiian Islands to represent the identity of a shark as a metaphor to symbolize said mental state of a soldier. The mythology of the pacific islands believe that when an individual is acting out of place he is wearing the spirit and identity of a shark.

As a source of inspiration I chose schizophrenia and all of its behavioral traits; conflicts of confusion both rational and irrational, violence, adolescent like lust, and lack of self-control, as the foundation for my methods used in the application of paint.

War being what it is induces an almost schizophrenic like psychology to the fundamental beliefs of right and wrong, where wrong is only in question when it is committed on the individuals' perception of interpretation.

Shark 1:
"Knights"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 48"

Shark 2:
"Wounded a"

Oil on Canvas

50" x 96"

Shark 3:
"Wounded b"

Oil on Canvas

96" x 60"

Shark 4:
"Civilian a"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Shark 5:
"Enemy"

Oil on Canvas

70" x 20"

Shark 6:
"Liberty"

Oil on Canvas

24" x 30"

Shark 7:
"Artillery"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 60"

Shark 8:
"Civilian b"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Shark 9:
"Civilian c"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 18"

Shark 10:
"Lady Liberty"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 48"

Shark 11:
"Acceptable Civilian Death"

Oil on Canvas

22" x 30"

Shark 12:
"Wound"

Oil on Canvas

18" x 22"

Shark 13:
"Village"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Shark 14:
"Death"

Oil on Canvas

30" x 15"

Shark 15:
"One Foot in a"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 36"

Shark 16:
"One Foot in b"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 36"

Shark 17:
"One Foot in c"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 24"

Shark 18:
"Four of Hearts"

Oil on Canvas

36" x 36"

Shark 19:
"The City"

Oil on Canvas

48" x 36"

Shark 20:
"Conception"

Oil on Canvas

60" x 48"