Catal - Huyuk, Bronze 22" x 20" x 20"
Edition of 9 (allow 6 to 8 weeks)
Artist: Stanley Boydston
The power of bulls is undeniable and the suggestion of a bull's power can lead to unexpected habits and experiences that build off of that perception.
Living in Spain since 1982, primarily a landscape painter, I was painting for 8 or 9 hours a day until an interest in bullfighting took me to the origins of ceremonial bull worship in the mediteranean area. In 1987, working in the Madrid bullring as a photo journalist for an american magazine, I began to recognize certain rituals and actions among many of the "toreros" that anthropologists years from now might identify as shamanism, and in some cases sorcery.
Let it suffice to say that I became deeply involved in all of this myself and give you these chinese ink renderings as the distillation of a very special and direct experience with bulls, from the years 1998-2000. Painted just north of Madrid while following the springtime journey of the "toros" to the city, a relationship was established with each one. In these ink paintings the connection to an individual animal, when succesful, created a direct conversation between brush, bull, ink and scribe. The titles take that connection away in most cases and are a fresh reaction to formal, subjective cues seen on the paper. Ignoring the original connection with the animal and putting them into a "rorsach" existence heightens an incongruities I find important in spanish culture, one that is exemplified by the incestuous thought of "bullfighting as man is landing on the moon".
I've worked almost exclusively in Spain since 1982. My most noteworthy showing was with several of these "bull inks" in Basel 32 with the Tomas March Gallery.