John Brophy’s Saintly Souls

When I first saw John’s new piece – Daughter of Vulcan (above) it left me gasping. The incredible lighting, casting soft reflective hues on their subject – the elegantly wistful expressive pose and the spirit mixed within the pain – all combined in astounding beauty. He captures that “other world” in a rare way. 

“John usually works out his compositions on the computer using Maya, ZBrush, and Photoshop and uses the result as a concept for the final painting. However, he considers digital imagery less interesting than traditional painting because it has no “object quality”. That’s why he thinks it is so important to execute the painting by hand in oil using the traditional techniques of the 15th century Flemish painters that he most admires, Memling, David, Van der Weyden, Van Eyck, etc. The digital study is only a launching point for the final painting.”

This was originally published on the homepage of Eclectix, 
in the Iconic issue, Feb. 2012
For the Iconic online exhibit, click here.
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