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When We Ruled the World

Jason Watts's avatar Jason Watts

When We Ruled the World, Oil on Panels 4' x 12.5' Somewhere in our lives, the passion and energy of youth has passed us by. I began populating my latest piece, "When we Ruled the World" with youthful characters as a way of looking back, and perhaps gaining my own middle aged mojo back in the process. I have been enamored with the idea of showing various stages of life, with a specific focus of the freedom and rebellious spirit of youth. The kids are all shown in action, playing without a cell phone in sight. The one jumping into the fountain I think of as myself at an early age, confident as hell and ready for anything. The scene utilizes Bethesda fountain in Central Park as a gathering place and allows for a directional narrative culminating in the fountain. The scene's panoramic quality allows for multiple vantage points. Adding to this narrative character, the winged angel of the fountain looks down on the action in quiet approval.

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