This piece was a commission for a couple that recently conceived their 1st child while vacationing in Thailand. Riddled with metaphor, the 16×20 piece tells the story of conception, protection, and most importantly – – love. What do you see in it?
VAN MATRE’S ETERNAL TAMBOURINE
My final piece for 2013 was another commission, this time by Visit Bend, and my first time to use paint as a medium. They asked me to join the Tin Pan/Downtown mural project which is an artist’s expression on an 8’x4′ sheet of plywood that is installed at a selected location downtown for a year, at which time it is then auctioned to the public so the project can continue through the next artist. Here is what is written on the plaque below the piece:
ABOUT THIS PIECE: “Van Matre’s Eternal Tambourine” The Tower Theater was one of many buildings completed by Fred Van Matre throughout the 1940’s in Bend. It is said that he was well-humored and fashioned “good value and workmanship” into the structures he built. Much like Van Matre, birds have a playful aspiration to ascend the apex of the sky, they are also innate builders – – constant, universal metaphor for the human soul.
ABOUT THIS ARTIST: Avlis Leumas was in love with comic book art since elementary school, drawing obsessively through his teenage years only to give it up shortly before graduating high school. After a 20 year sabbatical, he rediscovered his love for art in 2012 and now creates vibrant illustrations with markers from his home in Bend. Avlis spent 30 years in California’s East Bay, and moved to Bend after visiting for the first time with his wife in 2004.