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Bartz, Joe
Oil Painter (View Portfolio)
Fishers, IN 46038
I create artwork that most people categorize as surrealism. I have defined my work into 4 different categories: 1. Bartzology: The science which studies and mixes beliefs, myths, and morals, to create new theories and ideas. 2. Lunatic Visions: A vision seen in a dream that conveys a revelation of lunacy. 3. Religious: Relating to or manifesting devotion to an acknowledged ultimate deity. 4. Science Fiction: Fiction in which scientific fancy provides plots for adventure stories concerning the future condition of man and society.
I am a self taught artist.
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The Legend of Camelot, Oil, 48" x 24", 2004 Scene 1: Merlin He was the advisor to Arthur and a great magician. Proclaimed that only the person who could draw Excalibur from the Stone, would be the rightful king. Scene 2: Excalibur The legendary sword of power created for the King of Britain. Scene 3: King Arthur Arthur was the great legendary British King. He built a castle called Camelot and created the Knights of the Round Table. Scene 4: Camelot The impenetrable castle built by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Scene 5: The Holy Grail The cup Jesus used at the Last Supper and used at the Crucifixion to receive the blood flowing from Christ's side. Scene 6: The Fountain of Youth Drink from the correct Holy Grail and you will be granted with eternal life. Drink from the wrong grail and you will die. Scene 7: Percival The only knight to survive the great grail crusades; he brought the Holy Grail back to Camelot and restored the land. Scene 8: Castle of Morgan Le Fay The castle where Morgan Le Fay and her son (Mordred) reside. Morgan was the evil sorceress and Mordred mortally wounded King Arthur. Scene 9: Avalon The final resting place for King Arthur and the Holy Grail
The Last Supper (All Things Must Pass) - Oil, 48" x 24", 2002 The meal shared by Jesus Christ and his disciples on the night before he was crucified is called the Last Supper (Matt. 26:20; Mark 14:17-25; Luke 22:14-38; John 13:1-17:26). It was the occasion of his establishment of the Eucharist (a spiritual union with God), when he identified the broken bread with his body and the cup of wine with his blood of the new Covenant. This "farewell" meal was also a pre-arranged and deliberate act. It was in some sense a Passover meal, though possibly held a day before the official celebration, in the knowledge that the next evening would be too late. At the meal Jesus gave some vital last minute instructions to his closet disciples in view of his imminent departure. He also revealed that he was to be betrayed by one of his disciples (though without apparently identifying the traitor, except perhaps to John). But the focus of the meal was the symbolic sharing of bread and wine which he gave as tokens that his coming death was to be for the benefit of his disciples (and beyond them of "many"). This symbolic act was the clearest statement Jesus ever made of the redemptive purpose of his death, and it has fittingly become, as himself directed, the focus of worship among his followers. It finally put an end to any doubts his disciples may have had of his commitment to death, as the will of the Father for him. The Last Supper (All Things Must Pass): This version of the Last Supper is more of a celebration of Jesus Christ's life than an establishment of the Eucharist. Jesus is celebrating his life with his friends the Apostles. They are toasting him before the inevitable happens…except for Judas Iscariot. Judas is the apostle that betrayed Jesus by turning him over to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. Judas is pictured on the far right and is not toasting to Jesus instead he is putting down his glass while the others are raising theirs. Judas is wearing a hood because he essentially is responsible for the most significant murder of all time. Of course the Last Supper has been painted thousands of times through the years and my goal was to make it as different, but respectful to the event, as I could. Hopefully this painting will remind us of what Jesus did and what he went through for us.
Touch Me - Oil, 20" x 16", 2002 This painting is a creation theory of how primates gained intelligence. Two apes are looking at a disc and they are surrounded by 2 modern wonders of the new world…Stonehenge and the Easter Island Statues. In the background is the only remaining wonder of the 7 ancient wonders of the world…the Pyramids. The disc is a representation of a Dropa Stone. The Dropa Stones were found in 1938 in the mountains of Baian-Kara-Ula which divides China and Tibet. An expedition was lead by Chi Pu Tei (Professor of Archaeology at Beijing University) into the caves of the mountains and they found 716 odd stone disks, obviously fashioned by the hand of an intelligent creature. Also found were several ancient, but neatly arranged burial sites, and in them the skeletal remains of a strange people. The disks were approximately 9” in diameter and ¾” thick. In the exact center was a perfectly round, ¾” hole, and etched in the face was fine grooves spiraling out from the center to the rim, making the disk look like some kind of primitive phonograph record. They disks date back to between 10,000 and 12,000 years old and the groove, upon further inspection, was not a groove at all, but a continuous line of strange carved hieroglyphics-writing. In 1962 another Chinese scientist was able to decode the message – a message so incredible and earth-shattering that the Prehistory Department of the Beijing Academy prohibited its translation to be published. Eventually, the message was published, and a story was told. The Dropa disks tell the story of a space probe from a distant planet that crash-landed in the Baian-Kara-Ula Mountains of the Himalayas. The occupants of the spacecraft – The Dropa – found refuge in the caves of the mountains. Despite their peaceful intentions, the Dropa were misunderstood by members of the Ham tribe who were occupying neighboring caves and who hunted down the aliens and even killed some of them. The stones go on to say how the Dropa were unable to repair their disabled spacecraft and could not return to their home planet, and so were stranded on Earth. Today, the isolated area is inhabited by two kinds of people who, in fact, call themselves the Dropa and the Han. Anthropologists have been unable to categorize either tribe into any other known race; they are neither Chinese nor Tibetan. Both tribes are of pygmy stature, adults measuring between 3 ft. 6 and 4 ft. 7 with an average height of 4 ft. 2, and body weights of 38 to 52 pounds. They are yellow-skinned with thin bodies and disproportionately large heads, corresponding to the skeletal remains found in the caves in 1938. They have sparse hair on their bodies and have large eyes that are not Asian in aspect, but have pale blue irises. With that being said, this painting is suggesting that primates gained intelligence by an alien civilization. This civilization has/had the ability to control the mind and thoughts. They “burned” their intelligence onto a disk and if anything touched it…they became intelligent too. So, these apes are looking at this disk in bewilderment with the wonders of the world in the background…envisioning what is to become. After all, the wonders of the world are the wonders of the world because we don’t understand how they were made...maybe they were made by an alien civilization My version of the Dropa Stone is actually an altered version of the Staff of Ra. The hieroglyphics written on this reads as: “Touch for Intelligence” And we did.
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