Fox of Greed - original artwork by Vieira Saraiva.
Technique: Oil and Acrylic on Linoleum Mounted on Wood.
Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.
This work explores the plastic potential of linoleum as a support for painting. Due to its characteristics, it holds the paint relatively well and opens and opportunity to create positive and negative textures. Mixing painting with carving the possibilities are endless. The picture itself represents the artist latest struggles. The obvious temptation for the game and the greed that comes with it.
"Our eyes are drawned to the figure holding a staff. We can't really make out who it is but he is there. This identifiable representation makes the character not an individual but a colective. The colective that holds power over us with it's invisible hand of money. The whole paint screams greed. From the deck of cards stack up in pyramidal structure, the big amount of gold associated to the game and the fox, an symbol of greed."
"However there is yet another element: the paper boat. This little boat appears to be falling in to the abyss and it works as a representation of what happens when we try to fight this big colective. The four of spades is known to represent bad luck and interconnected with the little boat, represents our demise."
About the artist: Vieira Saraiva (Porto) is an art2act®️ artist based in Porto, Portugal. In the last years, the artist has improved his painting skills and has participated in a few local exhibitions, which makes him an artist to watch closely in the near future. "I believe art should help ease the soul of the viewer but must of all it should ease the soul of the artist."
Donation: 7% of this artwork will go to "Socorrer a Linha da Frente". www.socorreralinhadafrente.com. This association was created to help healthcare professionals at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 by delivering meals, beds and personal hygiene items to hospitals.