Acrylic, India ink, pen, and aerosol on canvas
30 x 43.5 inches
Know Yourself, a 30 x 43.5-inch acrylic, India ink, pen, and aerosol on canvas painting, is one of John Magnus’ instrospective pieces that is inspired by the past, the present, and the question of future. In this painting, John portrayed the subject to seem overwhelmed with movement, running through life, tackling obstacles, all the while remembering where he comes from and what he has gone through under the watchful eye of destiny. Armed with the momentum of ideas and creation, the same subject discerns with his eyes, here depicted as a skull and a slice of watermelon, an eye for discipline and an eye for humor, with which without, one could fall and cease to progress.
“Know Yourself including its frame is finished with gold spray paint, signifying that we give our lives it's own value, and in this case it’s golden. To live a golden life is to live with courage and conviction, ready to fall and even more, ready to get up again.”