ULTRAMADONNA

11" x 14" acrylic and oil painting on gesso board.

I was researching Ultraman and I discovered that Tsuburaya Eiji, the creator of Ultraman, was a Catholic and frequently used Christian ideas and symbolism in the Ultraman shows and movies. I just pushed that idea to a humorous extreme by depicting Mother of Ultraman Taro as the Madonna and Christ child.

I was really inspired by Byzantine depictions of the Madonna. I love the Christ child as a tiny man sitting in Mary's arms and the amount of gold leaf used now seems tacky to the point of camp. The esoteric symbolism makes me laugh.

Painting was featured in Q Pop Gallery's November 2013 Tokusatsu 2: Revenge of the Kaiju Show.