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Composite of images including the Virgen de Guadalupe, divine apparitions on toilet paper and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair
acrylic & oil on board & wood
34 1/2" x 25 7/8" © 2007 Gabriel Navar

When I started this piece, I began filling the entire surface, frame and all, with purple paint. As I waited for it to dry, I overheard on the television that there had been apparition of the Virgin Mary on, I believe, a bagel. That was the springboard for a series of images about divine apparitions, mediums/soothsayers (the "Al Gores" of the world), and end of times paranoia (the clock is ticking...). Of course, in my mind, with references to Catholicism, apparitions, the very possible need for divine interventions, the painting seemed incomplete without a reference to the debacles of recent times, including those of none other than Tony Blair (England's Prime Minister). Reflecting upon the finished piece, I (and here goes my Catholic flashbacks), I can not help thinking about different states of mind and being, including purgatory, hell and mental paradise.

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