The Brothers Karamazov

Tom Nakashima's avatar Tom Nakashima

"Brothers Karamazov" was created during a reading of the novel. As I proceed deeper and deeper into the book this painting became more and more complex. As time passed the painting became a quagmire of intertwining complexities - echoing the story with its endlessly connected meandering ideas. I was drawn to "The Brothers' and Dostoevsky because of a personal frustration with postmodern philosophy (as applied to art) and an interest in returning to Kierkagaard and the origins of existential thought. This brought me to "The Brothers Karamazov" which was a subject wonderfully addressed in a number of lectures by Bert Dreyfus of UC Berkeley. As with all of my work the painting uses recycled paper which relates to my continuing commentary on deforestation of the planet. This particular piece uses National Geographic for the collage element. The two video's below give a better feeling for the scale of the work and the details. The entry piece is "The Brothers Karamazov".

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1/4 inch
  • Medium: acrylic and magazine collage on canvas
  • Width: 30 feet
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 101 inches