Tom Blood

Gorilla at the Gate

HKD 22,100.00
Acrylic on canvas
76.2 x 101.6 x 5.1 cm / 30 x 40 x 2 in
Executed in 2020

A large gorilla sits in front of an ornate gate that is shrouded in fog. There appears to be nothing behind the gate's entrance but a cloudy, grey sky with the hint of an eclipse peeking through. At the top of the gate there is an H in the ironwork.
What does it all mean?
This painting emerged from the artist's subconscious. To him, there is kind of a symbolic nuance to this painting involving the afterlife which he has probably been thinking a lot more about due to this crazy pandemic we're all going through. No one knows what awaits them when they pass on and the concept of heaven is beyond human comprehension. But we all must face our fears and wonder if the life we have lived is good enough to pass judgement when that moment arrives. Will we encounter some symbolic gorilla at the gate who denies entrance or will he willingly let us pass?
Of course, some others who have seen this painting think that the gorilla is Harambe who is guarding the entrance to his own little kingdom.
However you view the painting, the artist hopes that you'd like it!

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