Volaverunt print, 2022

by Adolfo Arenas Alonso

Print : giclée 43.7 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch


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Numbered and limited to 100 copies

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Hand-signed by artist


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Print: giclée

Dimensions cm inch

43.7 x 59.1 x 1.6 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed


Everyday life


Interior scene


Artwork sold in perfect condition

Origin: United Kingdom

"It was the worst of times, it was the best of times...", is the phrase taken from the beginning of the historical novel A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens with which Volaverunt could be defined. It seemed to me that this quote is perfect to accompany the image. Volaverunt is full of details that serve to justify the background of the story that I want to represent. Details that were etched in my retina and fed my imagination, such as the bottle of absinthe which many an artists got drunk and creative with, the violin with only two ropes played at the Titanic or the Gauloises cigarettes that Picasso among many others smoked, and moments as significant to me as Fellini's Casanova going down the stairs, still dreaming of better times. The visual story of the work was planned to be based on Gethsemane, the Prayer in the Garden, where the betrayal took place. The hotel lobby was meant to be my idea of the Purgatory, the waiting room. The stairs would lead to heaven and the exit is the closes to the world of Dante's Inferno. In this composition, all the characters are playing a roll. The representation of God would be the old man playing chess with the dwarf representing all humankind with all their defects. Judas would be the cardinal, who speaks to the archangel Gabriel, the Devil would be the cat that prostrates himself on the old man's shoulder. All this scene is happening next to a mechanical globe, which is the allegory of the way we live. The chess game is the Spanish opening of Ruy López, I wanted to leave part of my signature there, drunk with nationalism for being so far from home while living abroad. The Three Graces in the background represent the lust, perhaps one of the pleasures that most justifies existence for me. The Hall of the Last Supper by Juan de Juanes resides to delimit the border between the profane and the sacred. As an anecdotal fact, the last thing I drew was the broken tile near the lower right corner as a symbol of heterodoxy, nothing is the same.
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Adolfo Arenas Alonso

Spain  • 1972

Adolfo Arenas Alonso was born in 1972.

Trained at the School of Arts and Crafts in Seville, he became an illustrator specializing in graphic design. His art of decadence, with a wild structure, is tinged with a dark lust.

An incredible story that I will tell you when you come to see him at the gallery...

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