Shaman: The Visit by Christophe Vacher

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Christophe Vacher

Shaman: The Visit


101.6 x 152.4 cm | 40 x 60 in

Oil on canvas

  • Honorable Mention / Imaginative Realism

Anyone who has visited the Grand Canyon can testify of its almost unfathomable vastness, and of the extraordinary, almost spiritual presence of the place. At least, this is the way I felt when I visited the site.

I have been painting floating stones for many years in my paintings. Because rock is such an iconic  symbol of raw matter, these floating stones tend to symbolize Life (or Spirit) incarnated in matter.

In this piece, I wanted to bring together and connect all these elements: the Grand Canyon, representing the Sacred Space; the floating rock, representing the Spirit manifested through raw matter; the Shaman, who represents Humanity, and is the link between Spirit and matter.