Machu Picchu, Holy Mountain series (quick-ship)

by Rudy Shepherd

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Artist Statement

Growing out of an exploration for solutions to the overwhelming forces of negative energy has come a new series of paintings of holy mountains, sacred spaces from all over the world that are central to the religions and cultures of the world­­.

The Holy Mountain project continues this exploration while also investigating the "holy mountain" archetype. In many parts of the world, holy mountains serve as symbols of humankind's journey toward a heightened form of spiritual awareness. This project is inspired by the final chapter of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain and first began six years ago with a series of paintings of holy mountains from all over the world. It has continued to include traveling to these sites and filming my character the Healer exploring and drawing power from these sacred places. So far, I have gone to Devils Tower (Bears Lodge) in Wyoming, the Black Hills of South Dakota as well as Mount Shasta in California.

This edition is based on a painting of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Why We Love It

Shepherd’s Machu Picchu captures this hallowed land on a clear, bright day. His lush greens and vivid blues render the place gemlike, a proud and precious jewel. Huayna peak looks positively regal poised at center, the deep shadow on its left face like a royal mantle. The shadows on the structures in the fore have also been paid special attention—crisp, poppy and painted with precision. While unornamented, all these treatments emphasize Machu Picchu’s positive power. Shepherd’s long been interested in exploring the nature of evil through his work, and in a natural progression, possible solutions to “overwhelming forces of negative energy.” His Holy Mountain series approaches this same ongoing exploration by focusing on mountains with profound spiritual or cultural significance. What do these powerful entities have in common? How does their portraitization deepen our understanding of each? ... Read more on the blog! 

Details

+ This Quick Ship artwork ships in one business day.
+ This edition is not eligible for discount.
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Medium:

Museo Portfolio Rag

Edition Structure:
11"x14" | edition of 200

Rudy Shepherd

Rudy Shepherd’s work explores the nature of evil through the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture and performance. This exploration involves investigations into the lives of criminals and victims of crime. He explores the complexity of these stories and the grey areas between innocence and guilt in a series of paintings and drawings of both the criminals and the victims, making no visual distinctions between the two. Going along with these portraits is a series of sculptures called the Black Rock Negative Energy Absorbers. They are a group of sculptures meant to remove negative energy from people allowing them to respond... Read More
to life with the more positive aspects of their personality. Growing out of this exploration for solutions to the overwhelming forces of negative energy has come both a series of ceramic sculptures called the Healing Device’s and a new series of paintings of holy mountains, sacred spaces from all over the world that are central to the religions and cultures of the world.  
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