"Saints, Shadows and Bloodshed - Santos, sombras y sangre"

"Our Lady of the Open Hand: St. Brigid of Los Angeles" - sumi ink on polypropylene, 60” high x 90” wide, 2004.

In 2004, as I was working on my "All the Saints of the City of the Angels" series, I was invited to have a solo show at the Mexican Cultural Center, located on Olvera Street, the historic early center of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

 

I spent several months researching everything I could lay my hand on regarding Los Angeles' troubled first century and a quarter. Then, filled with rage and sorrow over what has occurred here, I painted day and night for weeks, creating a suite of ten large paintings in sumi ink on polyvinyl paper, trying to recover a bit of the plentiful spilled blood buried beneath Olvera Street's bricks....

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