The Paradox of Consumerism in the Age of New Baroque

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but no vision

-- Helen Keller --

Consumerism successfully keeps the general population distracted from what could seem to be a very depressing reality at times, keeping them in a cyclical existence of desiring and consuming manufactured products, to keep the economy alive. Today, consumerism has successfully created an ever increasing canyon between the rich and poor sectors of society, and perpetually decreasing planetary health.
The paintings in this series explore different elements of how the system of Consumerism works, and some of its effects on our world. Parallels are drawn with the Baroque period in art history, which shares some of the drama, extravagance and darkness of today’s society.

The Rancid Feast

Oil on Canvas, 72″ x 48″, 2009

The Rancid Feast


Ignorance Is Bliss

Oil and 24 Crt. Gold Leaf on Canvas, 48″ x 36″, 2009

Ignorance Is Bliss


Loss Of Innocence

Oil on Canvas, 36″ x 48″, 2009

Loss Of Innocence


Lady Justice

Oil and 24 Crt. Gold Leaf on Canvas, 48″ x 36″, 2009

Lady Justice


Miracle Bean Dream

Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 18″, 2009

Miracle Bean Dream


Cash It All In Piggy

Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 18″, 2009

Cash It All In Piggy


8000 Kisses To The Heart

Oil on Canvas, 24″ x 18″, 2007

8000 Kisses To The Heart


Stuffing Our Faces To Death: My Son , My Daughter, My Mother and Father

Oil on Wood Panel, 24″ x 24″, 2010

Stuffing Our Faces To Death: My Son , My Daughter, My Mother and Father


Freedom

Pencil on Newsprint Paper, 48″ x 18″, 2009

Freedom


Control

Pencil on Newsprint Paper, 48″ x 18″, 2009

Control


Warrior Child

Pencil on Newsprint Paper, 13″ x 17″, 2009

Warrior Child



Expo

In 2011, I was invited to exhibit at “Le 4eme”, a loft exhibition space at the heart of the Old Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.



Making Of