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the alchemist by 413 the alchemist by 413
"useless science or the alchemist''

oil on canvas
40x30in
2009

In this painting, the artist criticizes that most of man’s knowledge is destructive to his environment and relatively harms his own kind. He stresses that conceited men who think of themselves wise and infallible are often the most potent catalysts of havoc. According to the artist, it is stated in the Scriptures that true men of wisdom are those who admit the fact that they are nothing compared to the wisdom of the Almighty.

-ronamil

(for the exhibition "babylon zoo" @ blanc gallery, makati city)
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Mangalassie Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014
This is beautiful. It invites the viewer to seek out the symbols and hermetic meaning. It's so rich and full of stories waiting to be told.
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555505 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Deep and painful. Such a lovely alone soul, lost in science and knowledge.
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Servetoire Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
what do the inscriptions around the painting say?
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Sabia74 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
stunning...
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kisstothesky Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
fantastic, absolutely fantastic.
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413 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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f-holes Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
WOOOOOWWWWW!!!!!
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
:strong: thanks muscle man
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keithsith Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Ang!... Ang!.. D ko ma explain. It's like a can opener for mind changing. Dis is art talaga. As far as I know the owl is a symbol of knowledge that resembles the almighty while the monkey pictures out men who thinks highly of themselves. High enough that they are making tyranny among other people that creates destruction. Destruction that causes death that can portray by a crow. The difference between the background and the foreground is also relevant that's why the elements truly popped out in the scene. And the use of depth to hide the unnecessary parts of the painting really works well. Kagaya n lng dun sa lower body part nung human owl Haha!? Un ung tingin ko :P Pero d ko sure kng tumugma ba dun sa gs2 nio ipakita. Haha d nmn ako pro kaya ignore mo n lng haha :P
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413 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
wow! ayos! pasok! :horns:
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fairy-with-no-wings Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Masyado kang mahusay. Ang sarap mo sigurong kakwentuhan.
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
ahahah! maraming salamat! :horns:
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
galing ahh sobra na improvemewnt ng work mo pare...applaud to CJT
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 9, 2009   Traditional Artist
salamat!!!:headbang:
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
walang anuman...i really adore your works CJ, ihope makameet you in person, i also hope to talk with you about the IIAA possibilities in our country, it is badly needed kaibigan
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413 Featured By Owner May 10, 2009   Traditional Artist
sure! if you're around quezon city, tomas morato, andun yung gallery namin,, Tala Gallery. check out the space.
hmmn. i'm no quite familiar with IIAA...
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Tala gallery? nice name for that...youve membered in it remember? :iconiiaaproject:? we could use tala gallery as the reception for the international show, i could invite international artists if you are willing and if the gallery and i and the group come into a sort of understanding...could you give me the email or site of the gallery? who owns it...thanks for your kindness kaibigan...i'll soon drop by to meet you
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413 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
ah! yes! i remember now! sige! ok ako dyan!!
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gromyko Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thats good...i'll note you
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Mardi-Malt Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
AWESOME
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks!!!
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SaiFongJunFan Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Digital Artist
cOOoOOoL~! i love This! :eye: w :eye:
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
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katrinapallon Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Excellent piece as always!
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks katrina!!!:pringles::horns:
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cogwurx Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning and profound.
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks!!!:horns:
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Cinquefoil Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Incredible. :love:
Well done. :glomp:
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you!!!
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WiseWanderer Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
A powerful image! I like the smoking mouths symbolising spoiling of the environment, and the ominously, creepy little black "advisor" on the right.

I like your sentiment, but we can't forget that science has given us many benefits too! Without science, I would never see your art :)
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413 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
yes, of course! science have always been a big help to us.. but what i'm trying to say here in particular is, there are some who takes advantage and not thinking of their responsibilities. this painting is also a tribute to remedios varo, i used the title of one of her work... thank you so much for noticing the details!:pringles::horns:
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WiseWanderer Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
I do agree that people often don't look at the consequences of their actions. I had a look at some of Remedios Varo's work. They're quite intriguing!
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413 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
yeah!!!:horns: she's one of my favorite artist.
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JillAuville Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i am speechless... :heart:
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you!!!:love:
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Vic4U Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pity we can't see the matter as usual... anyway, I love the concept and the compo. as more than often :aww:
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you so much!!! :love:
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JulieDoornbos Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
incredible. Sick, in a good way. well done.
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:icon413:
413 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
thanks!:headbang:
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Robbin-Veldman Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   General Artist
wow, again a awesome painting!!, love mysterious style, and those creepy creatures. Looks like there is a story behind it ^^ cool!
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413 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you!!!:horns:
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AnnaKirsten Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   General Artist
Very interesting concept. I see in this imagery that there is more love and concern among the animals and birds than there is in the human race, who are too busy causing isolation and blowing one another up. These representations of the animal kingdom seem to show wisdom and affection, yet are forced to wait and look on as they are continually and dreadfully affected by the actions of humans, powerless to stop them.
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413 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
thank you anna! that's a lovely interpretation. thanks for your observation!!:love:
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