(Modernizing the Masters) Mona Mystique
The Mona Lisa Has Always Had A Mystique About Her is the second installment to the Modernizing the Masters collection by artist Chris Hawks. During the time that this painting was created the artist went by his student name C.Wilson. This artifact has been signed C.Wilson on the original painting and can be seen in the left center by careful inspection. This painting was hand crafted with a variant of "the old way" of "The Prestige Technique". Prints of the painting are available in 3 sizes and are signed by the artist.
More about the art, and how it is crafted:
Modernizing the Masters is a growing collection of art works created by artist Chris Hawks. The paintings are hand drawn and hand painted from scratch, with a method called "The Prestige Technique". The iconic image of a classical masterpiece is modernized with a parody reimagining of famous icons from pop culture. The series started in 2013 with the Vitruvian X Man, and has been steadily growing into the Mona Mystique, Birth of Cthulhu, etc... It is an evolution of old ideas, transformed into new masterpieces for our times.
"The Prestige Technique""the old way" by artist Chris Hawks:
(1)-Step One: Card stock paper is cut to size, and soaked in a pool of water for 25-30 minutes. A masonite wood panel is cut to size while the paper is soaking.
(2)-Step Two: The paper is mounted onto the masonite wood panel with acrylic glue, & squeegee. The paper needs to dry for 24 hours.
(3)-Step Three: The original drawing is hand drawn with graphite pencil onto the flat paper panel, with trained hand eye coordination.
(4)-Step Four: Begin painting. Layers of tinted pigment are applied first, then layers of opaque pigment.
(5)-Step Five: After the painting is dry, Photograph the finished painting for producing prints, and archives.
(6)-Step Six: After all of the photography is archived, then the original painting artifact is set in a frame for a singularly completed work of Real Fantastic Art.