The Primate (2008)

This primate will be overseeing the MASS. He is a juvenile male Western Lowland Gorilla and is depicted approximately life sized – I’m considering adding a rosary in his hands before displaying him in May – add a comment and let me know what you think…




Acrylic on canvas 40″ x 60″



7 Comments

  • Sacha says:

    Excellent. And I still see something of a subliminal self-portrait.

  • I like the idea of the rosary; it’d add a dimension to the piece that would evoke much more contemplation. But turning this into a thinkpiece could be done many ways. Swastikas on pectorals or a Blackberry in hand could do the same. I like the idea of an ape undergoing laser hair removal myself.
    But the rosary, considering the location of the exhibit, might be more appropriate.

  • Amy Thomas says:

    Although my comment is moot in the scope of your art; the piece looks conflicted. The eyes show an emotion that the mouth and hands seem to contradict. The hands closed and folded under, hiding from us…it seems as though there is something that is being withheld. The rosary would ensure a second glance, but for me would not distract from the contrived look on the face. It is quite beautiful. I really like it.

  • bill says:

    I like your comments, Amy. I personally think he looks petulant. I’d give him a banana.

  • Anaya says:

    That timelapse video is totally righteous. The music works perfectly. What is it?

  • shardcore says:

    Sacha: perhaps there’s a likeness, but since it’s subliminal, I’ll have to comment on that in my dreams.

    Jenka: Laser hair removal?! Perhaps I’ll compromise and paint his toenails…

    Amy: Glad you noticed, I gave him a quizzical look, as if he’d just been disturbed from a moment of contemplation – hence my thinking that a rosary would help set the tone.

    Bill: Gorillas have no access to bananas in the wild, he’d be more likely to be munching on leaves. or a powerbar.

    Anaya: The music is one of my own, and unfinished piece called ‘the probe’, glad you liked it, maybe i should dust it off and give it an ending…

  • Amy Thomas says:

    Although I understand your validation of the rosary, I like it without it. Almost as though the rosary would distract from his great face. Without the rosary it leaves numerous possibilities as to what the beast could be thinking…personally I love the idea of endless ideas. Not one simply defined by any one object…I still love it though.

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