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Monday, August 8, 2016

Inspirational Video & Paintings: Chris Mars - "Painted Saints"

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Painting Copyright - Chris Mars -


I saw "Painted Saints" last night on PBS —a very interesting short documentary on an amazing painter, Chris Mars—and it is embedded below.

Some may be familiar with Mars' time as a drummer for the band The Replacements.

I'm only vaguely familiar with their music and story—but was blown away by Mars' current artistic efforts.

He talks about his early days with the band and shares that sometime along the way he became interested in painting and couldn't wait to get off the road to get back to it—eventually focusing solely on that.

He reflects on the frustration of his early efforts but kept working on it until he began to master the craft of painting—something most (all?) aspiring artists can relate to.

His work has a very "dark" feel to it and while definitely remaining original—reminds me of Hieronymus Bosch and HR Giger paintings.

Paintings Copyright - Chris Mars -
Paintings Copyright - Chris Mars -

Mars reveals that his older brother's battles with schizophrenia greatly affected him and themes related to that run through his art—and statements about his art on his website really help add to an understanding of his images.

I hope you enjoy this short video as much as I did and that you'll also feel inspired to chase after whatever gifts and interests you have with all your might.

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