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'Mark Of The Beast' by davidmacdowell 'Mark Of The Beast' by davidmacdowell
12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
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:iconeccentricrob:
eccentricRob Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Great! Seems to be inspired by Mark Ryden and Marion Peck. Awesome!
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Ohhh this is pure dementia. In your case, eccentric or genius. :nod:

Usually I can add the pieces together somehow, but this time...

nope.
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kawka78 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Why you hate Poland so much?
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:icondavidmacdowell:
davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
What does this painting have to do with Poland???!
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
:rofl:

yeah, why do you hate Poland so much??


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:icondavidmacdowell:
davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haaaaaaa! Dont start:P
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:iconkawka78:
kawka78 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
However... My first question was just a pure provocation. Do not worry too much about it. I just wanted to make a strong entry to my interpretation...
Fantastic works. Cheers. :drunk:
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kawka78 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
First of all "Mr 7" (i can't figure out also who he is) got white and red clothes and a ribbon with exactly our national colors writhing behind him. This ribbon is held by the Christ who is a very important nexus in life of our country. The rest of my associations (more complex) also would fit such an interpretation. Like dollars under "Mr 7" symbolizing our countrymen who has arrived to US for better life. They all think that they ride on your national horse but i'm sure that there is a completely different opinion. And that "Lotion" is a perfect confirmation of my thinking, cause it's some kind of... vaseline. You can imagine on what and what purpose...
A small reflection.
In my oppinion we don't have to go anywhere and work for other nations to make our life better. We just need to start actively participate in the political life of this country and start to become more involved in learning about our national identity.
End of reflection.
Getting back to associations also armband with a swastika clearly reminds me of World War II and the bloodiest land occupation across Europe during this period. I realize that other countries also attended in WWII. But no other country was so damadged in those days. And now younger are under strong influence of nazism. Well, last sentence is kinda universal for all countries of Europe and not only but i guess this shows that we didn't learned the proper conclusions. And finally "Christine", Wyeth paintings, which alluded to the romantic style landscapes rural areas, as it did a bit before our compatriot - Józef Chełmoński. Enough?
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Thats an awesome interpretation=To me its just a bust on the paintings of Mark Ryden{the guy on the Abe Lincoln monster}..Im glad mr.ryden didnt take offense -maybe he's not polish!
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kawka78 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Well, it seems to me - after a closer reading Mark's work (a man learns through entire life :)...), that you've aptly gave up his character, including the base color. And Abe...
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Thanks mann!!!
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:iconkawka78:
kawka78 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Proszę bardzo. :)
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funi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ehehhee

you mr mcdowell are deviantart's best. i'm superserial
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Thanks!!!!
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DreamOfWaking Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
:party::pumpkin: Congratulations! I've featured this work here [link] :pumpkin::party:
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PoupeedeChair Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Gosh, my favorite artist by another of my favorite artists - crazy one!
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madbaumer37 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
love all the strange runes
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blood-stained-hands Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
extremely faskinating! and thinking about the symbolism makes my head hurt but in a good way!
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jakehawn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
wicked, wicked, wicked
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
:D very cool!!
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Maybe the weirdest streams of consciousness Mark Ryden's work has ever inspired... :faint:
:+fav:
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
:noes:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:iconnoeslaplz:
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
:sing: been caught stalking, once, when I was 35... :sing:
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SRaffa Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
:icondancetogetherplz:
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scarletwave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
:iconspinplz:
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spoopty23 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome references to Mark Ryden!!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Great one, man!
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CreepySeb Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
LOL....SH@T!!!! Great one, Dave! I can hear the impact from here....LOL!
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England9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I see lots of Mark Ryden references?
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MYTH22 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You are simply brilliant my friend!!!:faint::clap::faint:
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Mardi-Malt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
is that "your personal jesus" there???
:D love it a lot - even though its very sad and gloomy and eschaton-like!!!
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ChrisCrowell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
Amazing piece as is your whole gallery.You sir have a great wit!Is that Peter Lorre as Mr Moto?:D
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jhohcable Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thrown off by this one (IS THAT TOM BROKAW OR SUMPIN?)
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:icondavidmacdowell:
davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
TOM! Yes:)
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:iconjhohcable:
jhohcable Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, well I guess I do get it then. :3
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mikepalomino Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Hmmm interesting. I always enjoy your work, and from a technical standpoint this is marvelous.

I wish you had included a little bit more information regarding this piece however as it doesn't seem to be as lighthearted as some of your other work.

Some of the questions that come to mind are: Why did you put the Venus symbol on the same armband as the swastika? Or the Kosher symbol on the girl wearing a Mickey Mouse hat.

It's difficult to say precisely where political satire ends and serious political commentary begins...or am I reading too much into this?
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
His paintings are vague with symbolism, enough to make you question which way is up and why=Just like this silly painting! Just wanted to see if I could emulate the color palate, and the subject matter was somewhat secondary. Thats is all..:)
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mikepalomino Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Just as an added commentary though: I love Abraham Lincoln as "The Beast" - still not sure who that is astride him. He looks familiar, but I can't put my finger on it.
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Makes ya think:)
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mikepalomino Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
In its ability to make one think the painting has definitely succeeded :)
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davidmacdowell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Haaa! All paintings should come with an instruction manual, and all instruction manual's should come with instruction manual's and..This thing is a parody of Mark Rydens work and I dont blame anyone for getting this self indulgent ill attempted thing but hey, it was fun for a minute-Thanks Mike!
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