Thursday, September 2, 2010

children of the holocaust

Sometimes we are moved and inspired by things that are completely foreign to us. Tony Hernandez is an example of this. Hernandez was born in the mid-sixties in the deep South, yet he paints pictures of children that are inspired by the drawings on the walls in the kindercamps in Auschwitz, as well as by photographs of Jewish victims and refugees.  Hernandez says that the children are not expectant, waiting for hope; instead they are vessels of peace and enlightenment.

This concept makes me feel uneasy.  I think it presents children in a light that is unnatural to me.  However, Hernandez' work is hauntingly beautiful.  (I wonder if I didn't know his inspiration I would have a different take on things??)

Hernandez paints on birch panels with oil pigment and thick layers of beeswax and damar resin, melted together to create a wax medium called encaustic, also known as hot wax painting.  The end result makes his images seem like they are floating on the wood. The pictures of his work are lovely, but I am sure the depth is missing when not seen in person. 

My inspirations are pretty standard ones... God, my family, nature, art, music.  And I'm good with that... mainly because I find great joy in all of these things.  What inspires you? 


  1. Beautiful art. Simple but because you know the underlying back story, they are very deep and touching. The dunce cap one is funny. Haven't seen a pic of one of those in a while. Glad they don't use that anymore.

    Stopping by from SITS.


  2. The ones where the kids are looking at you? That's where I go "Whoa" because even though the kids look innocent, their eyes tell us that they aren't. Really interesting.

  3. simply amazing images......when I was a photographer, I liked to take pictures of places, and buildings and try to make you think someone had just been in the shot, or that you were waiting for someone to walk on......I always saw what wasnt there....but that was a lifetime ago

  4. These are amazing and haunting at the same time. They are so simple and yet so complex as well.

  5. These are wonderfully simple yet so thought provoking! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, beautiful artwork! So morose... such a loneliness to them. Makes me a little sad. But they're striking nonetheless.


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