Dress of Sinners, Dress of Saints by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Dress of Sinners, Dress of Saints

2018

60.96 x 121.92 cm | 24 x 48 in

Acrylic painting on wood

  • Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. Award

One of the larger paintings I’ve done – from my “Magical Thinking” show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles – here is “Dress of Sinners, Dress of Saints.”  Evocative of medieval/Renaissance era altarpiece paintings, there is a phenomenal amount of detail in this one.  A painstaking process I thoroughly enjoyed, I addressed the colour in an “Old Masters” kind of technique with a full grisaille underpainting and subsequent hundreds of layers of acrylic glazing over the course of 13 months (certainly the most time I’ve put into any single piece).. On your left of course are the “Sinners” (referencing Medieval/Renaissance depictions of hellish scenes, demons, monsters, etc.) and on your right are the “Saints” (referencing Medieval/Renaissance depictions of angels, saints, glorious religious pageantry, etc.). The background is intentionally evoking those marvelous Patinir rocky cliffs depicted frequently in Flemish landscapes of that period.