This image was inspired by the classic Greek myth called ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. Unlike the stereotypical depictions of a gruesome, mindless, monstrous beast, I wanted to depict a different vision, exploring alternative perspectives, yet still loyal to the original text. My Minotaur is a prisoner within a black labyrinth, a broken creature isolated and sorrowful, ashamed by his deformity and devastated by the rejection of his mother.
The decision to hide the Minotaur’s iconic face was made partly to entice the idea that what you don’t see can sometimes be more effective.
It’s been great to get back to doing some mythology artwork. A whole year has past since I’ve been able to paint anything personal! This image is part of my long term plan to create an art book based on myths and legends.