When every day life seems monotonous and predictable, people tend to rely on their subconscious for creativity and inspiration.
The mind is a powerful force when it comes to concocting an alternative reality. Victor channels this ability in many of his paintings.
This first painting is called High Hopes. It plays a huge part on the importance of imagination.
Our character is seemingly carrying out a dream in which anything is possible.
He leads his airborne ship along the coast, perhaps waiting for it to take flight. The boats in the distance appear to be attempting landfall. Perhaps, they would like to gain a closer view of such a vision.
Although this man seems tired and worn, he is faithful to his quest and to his ship.
He will continue his subliminal journey.
On Top of the World is an awesome painting that showcases a new perspective on the world we know.
Our planet proves small and underwhelming in comparison to the vast universe that awaits us just outside of our comfort zone.
The rips in the canvas tease us, exposing us to a lush exterior we have not ever seen.
This leads us to the metaphoric understanding of the great things that loom when we shed our fear of the unknown and welcome a bigger picture into our hearts and minds.
When we finally find ourselves capable of this, we will find our peace On Top of the World.
Victor’s original name for his painting, The Dream, was The Twilight Cats of Haruki Murakami.
Murakami is a great Japanese surrealist author. In Kafka on the Shore, one of the characters, Satoru Nakata, has a job searching for lost cats because he has the rare ability to converse with them.
Cats frequently figure in Murakami’s fiction as delegates from another world. Victor portrays them here as guides or conduits bridging the world of day-to-day reality and the unconscious world of dreams.
All men in the painting are wearing tall, pointed hats. There are many sleeping faces visible in the stones of the wall.
This painting suggests coexistence among: the dream and reality state, artist and viewer and conscious and subconscious.
In Pipe Dreams, we see a pipe with clear bubbles arising from it, thus symbolizing our dreams and fantasies.
To progress from dreaming into entering another reality, is by no means an easy feat. We face multiple obstacles where we must cross a rift and ascend rough and uneven stairs. We have the choice to continue dreaming or seek reality.
This painting, along with On Top of the World, are companion pieces. They are of two different worlds, which are interconnected. Each painting focuses on one world, and also shows a path to take for the other.
The blue and green space depicted in Pipe Dreams, is a close-up of the tropical rain forest present in On Top of the World. You see a glimpse of this where the dry surface has been peeled back. The doorway within Pipe Dreams opens up and leads to the desert-like world presented in On Top of the World.
The origin of mysterious faces in the haze is yet to be explained…
The subconscious is an awesome creation that allows us to be taken places we are unable to view in reality.
We can envision and alter our dreams to take form of what we wish to view.
What an extraordinary gift!