Artist Joe Fenton: A Whole New Meaning To The Word “Solitude.”
Artist Joe Fenton spent 10 hours a day, seven days a week, over a course of 10 full months drawing his giant materpiece “Solitude.” The work is done with a 0.5 mechanical pencil on a large 5ft x 8ft piece of white paper. After working with graphite, he finished it all off with acrylic and ink.
To actually have the dedication and willpower to work on the project EVERYDAY for 10 months strait? Astounding! The more I research, the more I learn, I begin to see why I am no longer an “Artist”. I’d have given up after a few days. If that.
Solitude was born out of an idea to put together a large scale drawing of different religious references like a “Ganesh-like character, a grinning Buddha, or a faint crucifix adorning a rooftop in the far distance.”
“This might seem strange,” he explains, “as I am not a religious person. I don’t know whether I am mocking religion by having references to it in my work or that it comes from a deep desire to experience some of what it has to offer.
-Joe Fenton from an interview on www.mymodernmet.com
Fenton has worked as a film concept designer and sculptor for big names such as Disney and Miramax. He’s written and illustrated his own children’s books “What’s under the bed?” and “Boo!” and is currently working on his third. He sites his inspirational artists as “…some of the early surrealists like Hieronymous Bosch and Breugal. Children’s illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Wayne Anderson, and not forgetting to mention the graphic excellence of M.C. Escher.”
So, for your intricate and amazing work Joe Fenton, Give Us Art! salutes you!
Reference Materials and Inspiration
To see more of Joe Fenton’s amazing work go his website www.joefentonart.com.
Read Spooky’s article from Odditycentral.com Artist Spends 10 Months Working on a Drawing.
Read Alice’s article from My Modern Met.com Insanely Detailed Artwork Created in 10 Months!