Acrylic on canvas, 66 X 96 inches, 1999
This painting is a symbolic image of the attitude and mission of The Satyrus Group: Richard Serros, Leo Bratenas and Francisco Franco. Our venture into the labyrinths of art, philosophy and life is one of continual transformation: a transcendental voyage of the spirit. This voyage is reflected in the many works that we have created over the past three years and represents the various levels of our thoughts and ranges of our interests. Our integrated attitudes, philosophies and working methods leaves open the possibility for our working in any style appropriate to the specific ideas and feelings being expressed in any particular work. In general our works are large and complex in composition and take many months to complete, consequently a number of them are still incomplete. Along with those works created with the participation of all three of the members of our group each of us creates his own works so as to maintain idiosyncratic integrity. The program on this website reflects a group of works, both finished and incomplete that was exhibited in January 1999.
The Satyr’s Dance painting was begun in January 2000 as part of a triptych that was to include canvases to be worked on by all three members of the Satyrus Group but quickly became a solo project because of its idiosyncratic style and content. Its content, style and execution are completely my own. I conceived this composition as a symbolic image of our group’s attitude and mission, and wanted to create an image that presents the full range of my own artistic powers.