Money for the Dealer
30 x 40 Oil on Canvas
A painting I did in 2013 when I was 25 years old. It was done primarily from my imagination. It has to do with the people that tried to rule the world, which are: Adolph Hitler, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Julius Caeser, and Napoleon Bonaparte. Each of these historical figures wanted to be the ruler of the world, but none of them succeeded all the way. The concept in this painting is that, nobody is meant to rule the world alone, it is meant for everyone, not just one person. On top of each figure is scenery of battle that they waged. They are playing blackjack with death, and of course the dealer which is death always wins. There are also symbolic elements with the chips and the cards that each one has which speak of my interpretation of their personalities. However, the red chips represent blood of the people under them with whom they are playing with those people’s lives for self realization on world domination. Wanted to re-post this painting with a better image. This is my version of surrealism. When I showed this painting to my late mentor Leonid Steele, he praised this painting for the way I painted the background in it. Today if I had to do the same exact work, I would have done a much better and a more refined job, since I am a much more knowledgeable artist now opposed to 2013. I hope you enjoy.