I saw a painting of Verne Dawson’s recently and really loved the vibe of the painting and his style of painting. His story behind his thought regarding his subjects is very interesting! I hope you find this as wonderful as I do!
Verne Dawson investigates the continuities between ancient culture and contemporary life through myths, folktales, and traditions that have vanished or become detached from their origins and meanings.
Dawson is also concerned that we have lost our connection to the natural rhythms that governed our ancestors’ lives. In Pagans, on view in 2010, he explores multiple traditions invented to explain natural phenomena,
particularly those relating to astronomy. On the four sides of the canvas, each season is represented by its corresponding modern-day pagan figure: winter is represented by Santa Claus, spring by the fool,
summer by the Green Man, and fall by death or Dracula. They hold playing cards representing their calendrical significance.
, Jack and his beanstalk, Jack and Jill, the three men in a tub, Old Mother Hubbard’s shoe and her children, and Jason’s ship Argo. At once utopian and apocalyptic, Pagans combines myths and fairytales to argue for the
regenerative qualities of a culture in harmony with nature.