‘Three Wounds’ by Chris Leib
Artist: Chris Leib
Title: ‘Three Wounds’
Medium: Oil on prepared paper
Dimensions: 5.4″ x 4.6″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“The character has a third eye that looks in opposition to the others. The idea that One eye maps the 3D world into 2 dimensions, like Odin’s trade for cosmic knowledge. Two eyes interpret the 3D world, allowing practical function. A third eye, in this case, is an additive. A feeble pan-optical attempt that takes in more information than can be processed or understood with assurance. It travels with him, but always in opposition.
He has three wounds… to the head, the heart, and the lungs. The latter which give breath and voice. They spew out under internal pressure, but they are not visible blood wounds. These represent torturous wounds of a spiritual and psychological and determination, respectively.
His collar is borne but lightly, more a ghostly reflection of the past. An indeterminate prisoner’s collar of sorts.
In the background of the frozen landscape that walls him in, a moon is waning, symbol of cyclical decline, letting go of the past in preparation for the next stage.” – Chris Leib
About the Artist:
Chris Leib is an American artist from the San Francisco Bay Area, who currently lives in Berlin. He began his education in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He later studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, after which he apprenticed with the master Italian painter Roberto Lupetti and worked as an illustrator for McGraw-Hill Publishing. Chris Leib has exhibited his artwork across the United States, as well as in Germany, France, Denmark and Australia.
A classically trained painter, Leib has spent many years applying renaissance techniques to subject matter outside traditional boundaries. Leib’s paintings typically feature Astronauts in royal garb or Bonobo chimps and astronauts in various odd settings that are loosely inspired by the species (mis)interpretation of historical contexts. Despite their dark tones, his subjects are characterized by humor and an exploration of heroic imagery.