Hope vs Dread




This large oil painting has a balloon-festooned playground atmosphere for me. Bright spheres exist on a dark background.

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To understand this picture from my perspective (and its not really necessary to attain this as your perspective is probably more important), I would suggest thinking about Existentialist philosophy. This is the 20th century school of thought resulting from writers such as Jon-Paul Satre and novelists such as Albert Camus. Modern input comes from the psychiatrist and novelist Irvin Yalom. Imagine everything reduced to fundamental moral conflicts and challenges. Each of us is instilled with the burden of freedom, the freedom to choose a path or make a decision. That decision has conseqences. Traditionally existentialism has an atheistic or agnostic underpinning. So your fundamental freedom exists in the absence of any divine support or guidance. This leads to the next point : meaning in life derives from you imposing your own meaning onto a life that has no objective or divinely inspired meaning. Understandably, this scenario leads to a tension between hope and dread. So that’s the background to the painting.


The concept and experience of Dread is a bigger thing than a philosophical concept. As humans, we all face a fearsome reality that can easily leads to the deep terror of dread. I paint in bright colours as a counterpoint to that reality.

Author: algernoneldritch

Artist (Kieran Forster) focused on abstraction, portraiture and the understanding of the mind / body / soul dynamic.

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