Illic est verus Abyssus (There Is True Hell)

William Russell Walker's avatar William Russell Walker Vote Code: 64020

Artists mirror humanity at its core and challenge its spirit to rise to its noblest expression. By turning the prism of their self-image, transformation may come. For me, as an artist, I can find no loftier goal than to present the naked truth of who we are, with a whisper of who we can become. In my paintings, I shed the clutter of backgrounds in order to ground my figures in spaces, eschewing environment in favor of envelopment. I give to the viewer a raw but evocative portrait of our inner core, exposed at life-defining moments. And I bring into question the rationale of using limited knowledge as the basis upon which to gamble an eternal soul. “Illic Est Verus Abyssus” is such a painting. It captures a lost soul at the moment of death. An owl (representing Wisdom) carves his epitaph...which says: “There is true Hell.” Some may challenge the truth of that statement, but walk away asking themselves,“What if there really is a hell?” In doing so, they turn the prism.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 in
  • Medium: oil on linen
  • Width: 76 in
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 59 in