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Meeting of Fronts by lydario Meeting of Fronts by lydario
Meeting of Fronts
162"x32"
Oil on Canvas

I call this the centerpiece to my show. Being 13.5x2.5 feet in dimension, it was balls to paint, but really fun. It came to embody far more than I originally projected upon it when I had the idea. It looks at ones sense of self as defined on an individual basis and as part of a group, and the complex balancing act one must perform in order to navigate the pressures of belonging and conforming. The subjects are the men from my swim team as they were in the week after our state championship meet. Still dripping with the bittersweet residue of accomplishment and disbanding. In other words at the peak and base of a mountain. I like to think of this as a land scape.

This is the piece that I mentioned in my journal, having made it to New York... which, by the way, was sold! :D

Artist Statement:
This body of work explores commonality on the basis of the body. So ripe with potential to communicate, I wanted to explore what information is accessible in the absence of recognizable external features such as clothing, hair and the face with it's connection through the eyes.

Having been part of a swim team for 10 years of my life, I've found many of these features to be denied, and head-shaving to be one of the most radical. A practice equally rich with history, meaning and significance, there is a transformative power to head-shaving, and when the action taken into a public realm as an exercise done in and by a group the notion of self is challenged. The head becomes a multiple, the outward individuality is negated, and there is a complex engagement between unity and conformity. This series of work ultimately explores the more intimate influence that alteration of the exterior has on the interior.


The image quality is fairly lousy, but since the canvas is 13 feet wide, that sort of quality is unavoidable if I don't splice individual shots together. So sorry for that. :/

Image (c) Jeffrey Swartout/lydario

WHAT THE BALLS?!
To the right there's a section saying 'camera data' and it lists the camera type, date, editing software and so much more... info that, since my friend documented the show for me, I wasn't even keen to. Deviantart, you clever shrew... you scare me.
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Given 2012-06-07
The suggester says: A beautiful painting that expresses an intriguing personal insight into conforming and peer pressure. Meeting of Fronts by ~lydario ( Suggested by unaru and Featured by Astralseed )
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crh Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
most impressing work! bravo!
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Thanks! :D
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dchan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is so cool, Your oil brush work is fantastic!
Congrats my friend.

See ya!
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:iconlydario:
lydario Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Thanks. :D
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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i was going to ask where you keep this but you said you sold it, out of curiosity how much did you sell it for? or is that too personal?
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Canankk Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Featured in my journal [link] :iconhappysunplz:
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KatherineLin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wish I could see the show! I love the mood in the painting and your statement is powerful. Also congrats to the sale. :)
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lydario Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Thanks so much Katherine. For the most part, they were pretty hit or miss. The good shows were awesome, and the one's that weren't good were pretty underwhelming.
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Haven't been checking on my watch list's messages, so sorry if this is late! But congrats on the DD. I like all the shades of their skin, & how detailed you went on them. Looks like things are getting better for you.
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thank you. :)

I have the same problem, as you can see. xD 2 months later.
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KooboriSapphire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Lol I see that :P
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arrogant904 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE
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MrEdison Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Masterful work. Love the thought process in this a lot.
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thanks. (finally tackling my backlog of comments.
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sparksel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Was this sold to a private collector or is it somewhere that it might be viewable to the public? I'd love to see this in person.
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Uh, I guess you could call him a private collector. It was purchased for the guys home, so it's not in a public place. It would have been great to have it in such a place, but I trust it's going to a good place. :)
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criispi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student General Artist
nice study yeah.
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:iconlydario:
lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Well it's a little more tan a study, but physically, I suppose it is. xD
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criispi Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
yea, i see, its beautiful too. It's more than study, but you study really really good heads and the result.. wow! hehe
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Mishudo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Holy moly dude. Even though there are alot of similar skintones, you still managed to set them apart, and even little details like their tan lines. Congrats on the DD, and amazing story along with it :)
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Thanks man. :)
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radja01 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one! :)
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XantiagoBlu Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student
amaizing landscape :3
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Haha, thanks (sorry for the way late reply)
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XantiagoBlu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student
no problem. i remember this painting in class, when a friend told she can't draw heads quite well.

this is something to remember :)
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Wait... you remember 'this' painting? o_0?
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XantiagoBlu Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student
yup...
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Krooked-Glasses Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the detail in the different bone and dip shapes in the back of the bald heads.
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Me too. :)
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xXxOUDYxXx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like the head shaving part. I have an afro but i wanna find work and seem reliable like a clean citizen, i need tu shave the hair..
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
There's gotta be a way to make it work man.

It's alway neat to hear the motives for head shaving too...
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Haha that was my reaction to deviantARTs recording of the camera data. Before I would list the details myself. Lovely painting, it really does look significant, but without your description I wouldn't have know exactly about what.
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
It's nice to have the background, but what I wanted the painting to do was have an impact that would affect people in a similar way, but no so much a way that told them that 'this is what it is'. Although it's a painting of my swim team, it's not a painting about them, if that makes sense.
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Artist
My take on the painting is a bit silly. There are a few things that maybe I'm just over thinking, like the black sheep, or how I could imagine myself standing behind a crowd while looking at it- bit like how soldiers are lined up I guess. The composition is really pleasant, but I'm really not great with deciphering meanings. There's also something I feel that suggests a question of identity or/and family with how everyone seems to have the same haircut and lack of clothing... :XD: haha wonderful still!
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rukiddingme3 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
black sheep? wow it's 2012 not 1950's
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Artist
I didn't mean to offend anyone or to be racist, I already made that clear to the artist. If it were one pale person among a multitude of dark/tan skinned, I would have said the same thing. I say black sheep, not for the ethnicity or colour of skin but for the individual that looks to be standing alone in a crowd that has common folk. It's not the ethnicity that makes him different, but it's a painting that has colours and composition that can symbolise it(at least in my eyes). Why is there only one dark man? Is what I keep thinking- and perhaps that it's just a coincidence.

Tell me, what did you think I meant? I need to know so that I won't say something stupid again. The last person I know to be racist is myself...
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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know this is super late but don't worry you didn't say anything wrong, people just read too much into things to make problems. don't worry, i liked your comment it was some interesting observations.
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks Frozen, I understand people's sensitivity towards the subject. It's a saying as far as I know. :) Have a good day.
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
All theme I considered. I like that it's ambiguous, it's creates a dialogue.

Also, :iconthatsracistplz:
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GemmaSuen Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Artist
:XD: haha sorry if I offended, I didn't mean it that way. I just noticed that there's only one dark skinned person while the rest were ochre or light skinned- but I think that goes towards composition too.
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MaevesChild Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I had a totally different reaction than I think was intended. Instead of seeing this lack of identity, this conformity -- I saw that although we as humans has some differences (the shades of flesh, the shape of the bones in our heads ,etc) we are more alike than we think. There is a unity of human experience and this is a more important thing to know. Individuality is fine a good, but its the desire to be different sometimes that seems to tear us apart.
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lydario Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Exactly. My experience dictates that community is necessary, being a part of a group is important and necessary, but in being a part of many I found it hard to navigate myself. Figuring out who I am amidst the imposed expectations and what not. Glad to hear what your thoughts are though.
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Nickystar101 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
This reminds me of the USMC (united states marine corps) they all stand together as one and they all have their hair shaved.


Semper Fi
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thanks. That wasn't planned, but as I painted and became aware of different readings, I came to embrace it.
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Nickystar101 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
^^ wonderful job.
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GothicShade Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
You're right, they all look almost the same. Head-shaving is something very useful for brainwashing too, as you said, it challenges the notion of the self. It may be the reason why so many recruits crave tattoos I guess.. Make believe we added tattoos to the backs you drew, it'd help them wouldn't it?
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
That's a really good point actually. In private schools where uniforms are worn, many also do what ever they can to stand out, be it through hair or any other sort of alterations.
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HairyCreatures Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   General Artist
i like this image... but it feels weird since i was in a swimming club too.....
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lydario Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ahh, I think I get what you mean.
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BarbecuedIguana Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
It's a bit like being in church, except there's no altar and everyone's naked.
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