Temperance iii

I’m really interested in the angelic aspect of this painting. I don’t want to paint something that feels like it’s been done a million times. How do I express the idea an angel representing temperance in a contemporary way, to an audience that has been raised on punk rock, and materialism? I think she will wear a heavy overcoat, like an ocean going sea captain. This angel has seen the world, knows the rough edges of it and how to guard against them. Why should she wear white? Are the angels from a source separate from the creation, or is it more appropriate (and interesting) to clad her in the four colours of the alchemical elements?

Angels are messengers from God without free will.

Angels are hermaphrodite.

I guess I’m thinking about an alchemical steampunk angel.


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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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