The Devil Is In The Details

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18 inch tondo (round surface)

Oil on Polyester on Birch Wood

This still life is a project I took upon, to create awareness about drugs/narcotics. In 2019, two people I actually met and knew in my life, overdosed from hardcore drugs, they both were in their early 30’s. I had an idea for this piece, before the tragedies, but I decided that now is the best time than ever to create this.

This still life shows different kind of drugs, from the gateway cigarettes, marijuana, as well as alcohol, to more hardcore such as heroin and crack cocaine. I also included pharmaceutical pills, which in some cases can be addictive as opioids and that people can overdose from. The dependency on drugs, in my opinion is the real pandemic. Many young people either ruin their lives doing hardcore drugs to worst of all, overdose from them.

The composition is what gives the name to this painting, as the objects are placed on a symbolic plastic black body bag and each object forms a pentagram which is a five-pointed star symbolizing the devil. Each item is rendered to the best of my ability, however I chose to do the background in a more idiosyncratic way, which draws the viewer’s focus more on the items that are more clearly rendered. The 18 inch round tondo also holds a significance, in which you take 3 which is the Christian symbol for God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), symbolizing euphoria when you take drugs, then divide 18 by 3 = 6, or three 6’s, (666) symbolizing the devil.

I expect wide criticism for this piece, as in today’s age, drugs are considered a positive thing, but I wouldn’t be a social commentary artist if I didn’t create pieces of significant importance to me on subjects that I care about.

Thank you all for viewing and reading my description.

Specific details

Name of Artist: Eugene Kuperman
Width (inches): 18
Height (inches): 18
Media: Oil
Country: United States
Painting Genre: Representational / Still Life
Award: FINALIST - Free promoted entry
Judge and Category: Spencer Meagher, Representational Professional