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Submerged in Sound

Jacob Guerin


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Submerged in Sound

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Water is the most popular symbol in mythology for representing the unconscious mind. It is the barrier between the the world we experience everyday and the mythological realm where we turn inwards to battle metaphorical monsters and develop ourselves into the heroes we want to be. The way the noise of the world gets shut off when retreating underwater and into ones self is a metaphor that I receive great stimulation and fascination with.

36"H × 24"W × 1"D
Oil on Canvas


My artwork has always been primarily about the process of painting itself. Waiting in between the stages of oil painting such as the imprimatura, the underpainting and the glazing is what I find the most exciting. The way the layers of color stack on top of one another, harnessing light in one area and reflective in another is unmatched by any direct painting technique when trying to accomplish realism. As far as the content itself, the human figure is the most captivating subject for me. I look to Johannes Vermeer for his quiet moods and sense of voyeurism and William Bouguereau for his solitary female figures and impeccable painting technique. This type on painting has always grabbed me and the fact that these artists exist at all and created the work that they did, shows me that I am not alone in what I find exciting and worth pursuing.

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