THE BULL PAINTINGS SERIES
In this World that we mostly occupy, there is a conflict that exists between Nature and people that expanded over the last two centuries. From the human angle, it is a war to conquer, spiced with greed, wrapped in high awareness, from the Nature point of view, that is a question of survival.
The symbolic meaning of the bull paintings that I make is somehow in between.
On one side, the bull looks like a character out of the society’s appropriate dress code, or could it be the Nature itself looking for a breakout from the cliche of this urban mega progress?
One way or another, a hero is fighting for a cause greater than him, and the last thing that I wanted you to see is the animal instead of movement, instead of feelings, but rather to step into the world that is not necessarily predictable.
The wild bull, which had roamed the plains of central Mesopotamia since time immemorial, was a massive creature standing over six feet tall at the shoulder. In literature and the visual arts, it was venerated as a symbol of supernatural strength and ferocity, often being likened to gods, kings, and heroes. Its broad curving horns inspired the horned headdress that all gods and goddesses wore to signify their divine status.Cattle were first domesticated in the fertile valleys of Mesopotamia round about 7000 BCE. Most households would only keep one or two beasts, which were often named and almost treated as part of the family.
Beyond their nature as symbols of the land’s prosperity, the bull, cow, and calf all have a decidedly celestial quality to their character. Similar ideas about celestial cattle can be found in early mythology all over the world.The Egyptians personified the heavens as the goddess Hathor, who was often envisioned as a star-spangled cow with the solar disk set between her mouth each evening to re-emerge as the sun the next day.