Illic est verus Abyssus (There Is True Hell)

William Russell Walker's avatar William Russell Walker

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