Saint Javelin Painting by Chris Shaw

On April 3, 2022, in Art, Paintings, Video, by Chris Shaw
Saint Javelin by Chris Shaw, 2022

When Saint Javelin became a viral meme in February 2022 one of the first things I did was to remake the image by my own hand.  Perhaps it was a futile attempt to reclaim my art from the internet somehow, or maybe it was just that the first viral alteration was a bit sloppy in places.  St. Javelin has since circled the globe both digitally and physically printed. and continues to show up in some amazing places, it’s been fascinating to watch and experience.  (See my previous posts on St. Javelin and her origin as Madonna Kalashnikov)

As the original artist, I wanted to make my “official” Saint Javelin painting be something that would stand out from anything printed or digital, but not vary too far from the original form.  With a pure cadmium green base, I used subtle glazing to build up deep transparent tones in the robes.  Multiple thick layers of black for line art are used to bring texture around smoothly painted areas of color.  The background is gold leaf over a red base, then buffed and varnished like a traditional icon.  

The Saint Javelin painting is 30” x 40”, acrylic and metal leaf on canvas, completed in March 2022.

Please inquire for info on this artwork or to commission your own custom Icon.

Start to finish in a minute and a half (no sound).

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2 Responses to Saint Javelin Painting by Chris Shaw

  1. michael sullivan says:

    hi chris
    any chance for a screen print,

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