Blood is Beautiful

Robert Long's avatar Robert Long

Finger painting on canvas with animal blood harvested at my butcher shop in LaGrange, Indiana. Every part of animal harvested is useful, but to make it beautiful is homage to the animal itself. It doesn't matter the species, Buffalo, Beef, Pork or Sheep, the blood is all the same. Blood is the common bond connecting all life together. To often people believe blood is taboo, but that is not the case. I take the blood and turn it from wasted product to a beautiful work of art using only a canvas and my hands to finger paint the piece. Blood painting pre-dates written history of the ancient people. They used it as communication by painting in caves and on rocks to tell stories that could be passed down. They used it to stain wood giving it color, they used it as a paint for decorating pottery. The uses may have been lost in history, but I have used it as a way to tell my own story. News stories and other pieces can be seen by "Google"ing "Butcher Bob Blood art".

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3"
  • Medium: Animal blood on Canvas
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 8'