(Modernizing the Masters) The Genius of Geniuses
The Genius of Geniuses is the next installment to the Modernizing the Masters collection by artist Chris Hawks. It is a modern parody reimagining of American artist John Trumbull's Signing of the Declaration of Independence. 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 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, Transformation of Ivy etc... It is an evolution of old ideas, transformed into new masterpieces for our times.
"The Prestige Technique" variant of "the old way" by artist Chris Hawks:
(1)-Step One: A flat masonite wood panel is cut to size.
(2)-Step Two: The original drawing is hand drawn with graphite pencil onto the bare masonite panel, with trained hand eye coordination.
(3)-Step Three: 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.