The Four Horsemen by j-art

The Four Horsemen

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Added: Apr 04, 2005
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And when the Lamb opened the first seal,
I saw the first horse. The horseman held a bow.

Now when the lamb opened the second seal,
I saw the second horse. The horseman held a sword.

And when the lamb opened the third seal,
I saw the third horse. The horseman had a balance.

Now when the lamb opened the fourth seal,
I saw the fourth horse. The horseman was the pest.
(Aphrodite’s Child)

This piece was inspired by the Album Aphrodite’s Child 666 (the Apocalypse of John, 13/18)

Some may recognize the 4 horsemen from an earlier work from me – A better place – yes the same horseman, but this was the original concept (before the band asked me if they could have the horsemen for their cover) – I also started this piece in oils, but I fear it will take some time till I finish it, cause currently I don’t paint much with traditional media Sad.
Anyway hope you like it – as always thanks for looking Smile

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j-art's picture

Currently ther's no print availabe as far as I know.

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Is there a print available for purchase?

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The only thing I can say, while i try to break my concentration as i stare at this, is... WOW!!!!

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Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!

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Iam Your Fan,,,,,,,, Your Art Is Amazing

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I really enjoyed this piece!! A mastery made even better with the first posting below the print, that explains the scene. I would give a great price for a print of this magnitude, if I had such to give to such a talented artist! Beautiful!

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Wonderfully done. The one thing I'd like to see is Death in some kind of robe like the Reaper, but you probably have a reason for not doing that. Great painting.

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prits of this one are currently not available, but you can print this from the web with your ink-jet, should be enough for a reference for a tattoo...

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I want to buy a print of this for a tattoo. Please let me know how to get one. jeremiahl325@yahoo.com

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Hey this is great work... I'm stating the tattoo on my arm on Dec 26th so i will be sure to send you some pictures

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very beautiful work

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As said in my mail, if you ever got this piece tattooed – pleeeeeeeease sent a photograph of the tattoo to me Smile. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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I'd like to get that tattooed on my back!!! Do you create these on the computer? and if so with what software?
I have lots of mad ideas in my head but mostly draw in black and greys.

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Aphrodite's Child was a Greek rock band formed in 1968 by vocalist Demis Roussos, multi-instrumentalist Vangelis Papathanassiou and drummer Lucas Sideras.
666 was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666 was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before. This did not sit well with the other band members, who wished to continue in the pop direction that had brought them success.
In essence, the band broke up during the completion of 666. Vangelis finished the album primarily on his own with assistance from studio musicians.
666 was the only Aphrodite's Child album to make any impact in America. The blood-red cover with the letters 666 prominently displayed in black and white was striking, and brought immediate accusations of occultism from various quarters. Any suspicions of occultism could be dispersed by simply reading the lyrics, which were fairly faithfully based around the Book of Revelations, but the accusations undoubtedly helped sell the album in the United States. The album met with less controversy overseas and sold reasonably well on its own merits.

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This is an amazing piece Uwe, I would love to add it to my collection of Durer Etchings and Prints. How does one go about purchasing your work?

-Eric

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what was aphrodite's child's name? I mean is that where 666 comes from

j-art's picture

Thanks guest – glad you like it – thanks also for showing me the points I have to care about more in future – much appreciated!!!
Well, I’m not completely sure what you mean about the skies, but if I do skies I sure try to make them eye-catching, and as I mostly have a clear concept when I do an image things don’t just happen when I paint so yes, most things I do I do on purpose… Well, but having always a clear concept doesn’t mean it works nor it is a good concept, it’s just the one I have – haha –
Oh, and as an artist is not only limited by his imagination, he’s limited by his skills as well – I mean my imagination is huge, my skills are another story – lol – (I work on the second thing promise Wink )
Thanks for taking your time…

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Your artwork never seizes to amaze me Uwe. The amount of detail you put in your artwork is absolutely stunning. However I have managed to pick out a few distortions in your figures; they're not very noticable but to an artists eyes they are. I would also like to say that I've noticed a trend in most of your pieces that have images in the skies, or the skies attract attention... Do you actually do this on purpose? Or is it just an artist balance? Thanks for your time.

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Thank you Corinna :-)- glad you like it...

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wow! that's an amazing detailed artwork!!

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Thanks for the nice comment Jessica - yes it is comletely digital, not only in part...

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What that's DIGITAL? At least in part? You boggle my mind!

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in special I like the texture in this piece, it has a somewhat "rough and massive" feeling to it- I first thought you went back to oil paintings, hopefully you´ll finish the oil one sometimes-I would love to look at both then.
I remember the horsemen- and I must say I like both versions but this a little bit more- might be because of the subjekt- I really like this part of the book (and I recentely watched "constantine" *g*)

I also look forward for your tutorial or even your process pictures- as a beginner and fan I´m sure I can learn alot from you - dont let me die stupid Wink

umh and.. aeh.. WHO is Todd Lockwood?

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Smile Hi Marley – so I’m looking forward to do such a little tut Wink –
Another thing I would love to know since a long time – How the Hell do you guys pronounce my name – I bet it sounds funny in English Smile)
And about Todd, well that’s a long story – but to make it short – I have a good (online) friend from another community – and she knows him personally and has contact to him – so I just asked here not too long ago, if she could be so kind and introduce me to him someday (I never would have dared me to write him myself) Wink – what shall I say, five minutes later I got an e-mail from Todd (as I remember right I did a happy rain dance as I got the mail). Never thought things like that could happen – but the Internet made it possible, isn’t it wonderful!
Meanwhile I meet a lot of my idols personal at conventions or on the Internet, one wouldn’t believe how kind and helpful those “Big ones” are!

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You Got Todd Lockwood to do a paintover o;O*. Wow thats great uwe. and thanks man a tut would be nice Laughing out loud. Compared to you Uwe (lol "You Uwe", Sorry i have a silly sense of humour)). I know nothing Tongue.

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Hey thanks Marley – glad you like this piece.
Well about the process – I am not sure if I am good enough that anyone would be interested in a tutorial – but I can take some screens of one of my upcoming pieces and create a little step by step tutorial, and post it on my website – so you (and everyone else who is interested) could see how I do a piece from the very first rough sketch to the finished work.
About the slightly different look in my pieces now – well I just try to learn, with every piece a little more, and I had some great advice lately from some of the epi folks and not at least I had the chance to e-mail back and forth with Mr. Todd Lockwood who give me some great advice and opened my eyes (man, he did a redline over one of my works and improved it in 5 minutes a thousand percent!!!) – and if I know now one thing, than that I know nothing about art – I have to learn sooooo much, and it is so much fun to do so!
Thanks so much for your comment my friend, as soon as I have that tutorial done I’ll let you know….

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Thanks Matthew – this one, the more religious, was original idea of this piece – and as said this also exists half finished as an oil painting – so when the band came to me discussing the cover art for their album, they saw the oil piece standing in my workroom and asked if they could have those horsemen included in the cover art. And as it is just a free work, I said yes (this way the half cover was finished before I really started – lol -)
Glad you like this one too…

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Thanks Patrick you are most welcome – and hey, good luck with your freelance adventure!!!

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Thanks Simon you know your comments and very helpful, constructive critiques are always more than welcome – thanks my friend for all your support!

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Hi Christopher, thanks for your very kind and touching words. And yes I LOVE ART – I love to create art and I love to see art. And know, if I am really able to inspire someone – be sure you all are very, very inspiring to me – it is just wonderful to browse through the epi galleries, so much to see, so much inspiration, so much talent – what a wonderful place – I whish I would have found this place earlier.
So I have to bow my head in front of you all, which are so kind and so helpful – thanks!

Art at its best.