Motive is the finished painting for the upcoming exhibition Fanboy vs Artboy in Artboy gallery in prahran.
I want to take a moment to tell you a little about the story of this piece and why I chose to do something so different.
I play World of Warcraft. I love it. I’ve played the series of games as far back as I can remember. Throughout the original games is woven a love story filed with all the classic intrigues of an opera.
Jaina Proudmoore was with Arthas Menethil, son of the king, everything was happy, she’s a Mage, he was a glorious paladin. But the relationship didn’t work out. And slowly but surely Arthas started to go insane. There were outside forces to be sure, demons, beguilements, a spear and magic helmet – sorry, I meant a magic sword and helmet, and Arthas became the Lich King. Terrifying and loathsome.
Meanwhile, there was a standstill kind of war between the humans and the orcs. The leader of the orcs was Thrall, mighty shaman and respected leader. during diverse adventures he was rescued by Jaina from the grips of humans and dragons and together they built a friendship, and perhaps a little more.. It’s alluded to, but never seems to come to fruition. Now Thrall has gone off and is single handedly holding the world together at the center of the maelstrom.
Now, i’m not saying that Jaina is the reason Arthas went mad, nor am I saying that she ever really did have a relationship with thrall, but, it’s all rather…interesting… If you ask me! And what is Jaina’s motivation anyway?
I wanted to return to classical composition for this piece, I rarely get to work on anything different and I decided it was time to let my inner geek out for a bit of a play. I wanted to see Thrall, bent like atlas, I wanted to see him with the weight of the world in his hands and on his shoulders. I wanted Jaina above it all, spurning Arthas, seeking Thrall, but he’s too consumed with the troubles of the world. She’s consumed with herself and her desire to help, and Arthas, well, Arthas is being consumed by evil.
do you remember the line in Billy Madison, ‘I drew a picture of a blue duck because i’ve never seen a blue duck before and I wanted to see a blue duck’ that’s what this painting is, I wanted to see what would happen if I painted them all in the nude, classically posed. I wanted to stretch myself, challenge myself and have some fun!
If you are in Melbourne come by and see me, Motive and other game inspired art works at ArtBoy Gallery on Friday!