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“Nymph with California Landscape”

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Original Painting. Available. Contact mstensaas@jps.net. “Nymph with California landscape” Acrylic on canvas.
This is a variation on the “Nymph with Fauns” by Swedish painter Julius Kronberg (1875). In the original, two satyrs peer through the plants at a nymph sunbathing by a pool. The tension of her vulnerable beauty and their mischievous thrill is only offset by the rich paint of the nature scene and its many textures.
In my version, the nymph and her natural setting are composed of dynamic astral forms that appear to be in a kind of psychedelic bubble. Dominating the scene, and impinging on its magic, is the skyline of San Francisco in stark midday glare. How do we maintain the human need for enchantment, vulnerability, and beauty in the face of the constant pressures of urban life? San Francisco, once the center for fringe creativity, has become inhospitable to it due to market forces. How do you make a bubble of magic in your life to nourish your sense of possibility?

"Nymph with California Landscape" by Martin Stensaas
Nymph with California Landscape



“Dragon”

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“Dragon” collaborative painting by Martin Stensaas, Sunny Strasburg and Benjamin Wiemeyer. 24″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas.

Dragon collaboration with Martin Stensaas, Ben Wiemeyer & Sunny Strasburg
Dragon



Sublimatio

Last modified on 2014-09-29 22:04:48 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

“Sublimatio” Acrylic on Canvas. 24″ x 36″ Collaboration with Martin Stensaas and Sunny Strasburg. “Sublimatio” is the alchemical term for the air element. The painting is inspired by Utah’s red rock desert and wide, open skies.

"Sublimatio" Acrylic on Canvas. 24" x 36"
Sublimatio



Veil Lifter III

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Veil Lifter III original painting by Martin Stensaas. Acrylic on Canvas. 24" x 36"
Veil Lifter III


Veil Lifter III original painting by Martin Stensaas. Acrylic on Canvas. 24″ x 36″

This painting is featured with Bash Contemporary, San Francisco CA as part of their display at the Silicon Valley Art Fair, April, 2104. For inquiries, please contact Bash Contemporary.



The Zero Key

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"The Zero Key" by Martin Stensaas. 12" x 12"
The Zero Key



“The Zero Key” by Martin Stensaas. 12″ x 12″ Currently on view at Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, as part of the “Universe: The Art of Existence” exhibition, April-May 2014. For inquiries, please contact Modern Eden Gallery.

This piece is a variant of “The Fool” in the Tarot deck. It represents the fundamental going-forth into the world. Here, the youth steps out into a fresh world still forming from some primary resonance. Hidden within the background is an encrypted character, the Zero Key.



Sphinx

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"Sphinx" by Martin Stensaas
Sphinx


Sphinx

Acrylic on Canvas

37″ x 47″”

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Sphinx is an acrylic painting on canvas painted in 2013. This painting is part of a series of images inspired by meditations on themes and energies in the Qabbalistic system. The Sphinx represents a personification of Daath, the mobility of consciousness up and down the middle pillar of equilibrium. Archetypically, sphinx imagery in the Greek and Egyptian traditions serves as a guardian to the realm of the timeless and transcendent. Riddles and challenges posed by the Sphinx pertain to knowledge of time and timelessness, and failure to answer the riddle carries a penalty of being devoured. The mixture of chimerical imagery in the beast combines the human, the winged/spiritual, and the animal desires/feline predator.



Tiphareth

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Tiphareth by Martin Stensaas
Tiphareth


Tiphareth

Acrylic on Canvas

36″ x 24″

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This painting, “Tiphareth”, is a meditation on the Qabalistic theme of inner light. The central hub of the Tree of Life is Tiphareth, which corresponds to the Sun in the macrocosmos; and in the personal microcosmos, embodies the vision of the harmony of things and devotion to the great work. It is the mediating intelligence which balances force and form. The qualities of Tiphareth are the meeting of the lower and higher Self, Spirit and Matter.

Here, the figure praying/ meditating is invoking a world from the primal swirlings all around. This green orb, with a miniature Tree of Life forming within, echoes the genesis of the Life force on Earth as a gift from the Solar Logos, the magnanimous intelligence of the Sun.



Pieta

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"Pieta" by Martin Stensaas
Pieta


Pieta 

Acrylic on Canvas

37″ x 44″

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This painting developed as a surprise… It began as many others do: open-ended freestyle underpainting with soft color areas. There was no definite structure or plan to it.

Oddly enough, I awoke one morning (the day the Pope resigned) having noticed that much of the composition was very much like Michelangelo’s famous Pieta sculpture. I looked it up and found that the composition was quite close, so I decided to go with that theme. I was surprised to be doing a Mary/Jesus theme… but it was also a continuation of the mystical themes of other recent paintings I have done.

In this painting, the classical theme’s gravity and pathos is giving way to a hypercharged atmosphere in which the figures become both more archetypally mask-like, and more angelic. The theme I explored has more to do with the constancy of death, sacrifice, and resurrection in the natural world. The lush jungle ravine is receiving the cleaned body of Christ. His feet dangle and dissolve in the cool water while the life force dissipates from the translucent supernatural corpse. Mary here embodies the supportive primal ground, the nature field which hosts this endless cycle… displaying both tenderness and resignation. She is depicted here as Our Lady of the Forest, cloaked in floral red, offering up the fruit of life for its continuation.



Netzach/Victory

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"Netzach/Victory" Acrylic, 2012
A meditation on the unfolding energy of natural forces and instincts.



Netzach/Victory

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Netzach/Victory

Acrylic on Canvas

56” x 72”

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This painting explores the forces of Venus, faith, and splendor. Netzach represents the station on the Tree of life complementary to Mercury/Hod, Intellect/Logos. The yearning to triumph and fulfill… is the impetus for the formal development of Mercurial intellect.



Double Dragon Rider

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"Double Dragon Rider" by Martin Stensaas
Double Dragon Rider


Acrylic on canvas- Work in progress
Part of my Burningman piece with others in the HATU CORE project


Detail - Acrylic on canvas
Part of the HATU CORE Project for Burning Man

Double Dragon Rider

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38” x 48” Available

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Other sizes on request. Double Dragon Rider is a meditation on the dance between matter and spirit. Two dragons twine around each other at the Earth horizon. The Bright dragon embodies the fierce solar intelligence as it challenges and energizes the verdant Earth dragon. Riding between the two is a green fairy who channels the information into living systems which proliferate and mutate below. This piece was originally created for the Utah Core project sponsored by the Black Rock Arts Council for Burning Man, 2011. Acrylic on Canvas



Mermaid

Last modified on 2014-09-18 01:41:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Mermaid by Martin Stensaas
Mermaid by Martin Stensaas
Mermaid Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Mermaid Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Mermaid Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas
Mermaid Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas

Mermaid: 

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Original: 35″ x 45″ Acrylic on Canvas.

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Print on Canvas:  16″ x 20″” digital print on canvas.

Signed by the artist. Shipped in tube, ready for stretching on frame. $60.00 plus shipping



Raising the Sky

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Raising the Sky by Martin Stensaas
Raising the Sky by Martin Stensaas
Raising the Sky Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas
Raising the Sky Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas
Raise the Sky detail by Martin Stensaas
Raise the Sky detail by Martin Stensaas

Raising the Sky :

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Original: 35″ x 50″ Acrylic on Canvas.

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Print on Canvas:  16″ x 20″” digital print on canvas.

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Raising the Sky is a meditation on Genesis as told in the ancient Maya epic myth, Popol Vuh. I wanted to evoke the moment of primordial differentiation, in which Space, Movement, Light, Water, Earth, and Life are still in the generative moment of brilliant will and intelligence. The Trinity of Heart of Sky/ Heart of Earth/ Hurakan confer with Lord Plumed Serpent (Kukulkan) to evoke the creation. The Waters are separated from the Sky, and the Earth emerges, resplendent with green.



Unicorn

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Detail from Unicorn by Martin Stensaas
Detail from Unicorn by Martin Stensaas
Detail from Unicorn by Martin Stensaas
Detail from Unicorn by Martin Stensaas

Unicorn: 

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Original: 35″ x 45″ Acrylic on Canvas.

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Acrylic on Canvas

Unicorn is a meditation on the realm of archetypes. Emblematic of the realm of fantasy, it embodies the primal yearning of the human imagination for something beyond, the numinous Other. Inspired by reading about the Kabbalah, Unicorn is a meditation on the state of Yesod, where the earthly material world renews contact with divine imagination through archetypal images.



Time Nectar

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Time Nectar by Martin Stensaas
Time Nectar by Martin Stensaas
Time Nectar Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Time Nectar Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Time Nectar Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas
Time Nectar Detail 2 by Martin Stensaas

Time Nectar

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Time Nectar

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56” x 72”

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The supernatural warrior spirit embodied in the hummingbird is poised at the threshold of unfolding time. At this nexus in which the will/attention meets the as-yet-unmanifest, a nectar of emotion enriches the developing Self.



Sego Lily

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Sego Lily by Martin Stensaas
Sego Lily by Martin Stensaas
Sego Lily Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Sego Lily Detail 1 by Martin Stensaas

Sego Lily

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Acrylic on Paper

33” x 44”

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16” x 20” prints available

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A meditation on the mathematics in flowers and nature, the precession of the Zodiac.



Sentient Horizon

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Sentient Horizon
Sentient Horizon

Sentient Horizon

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Sentient Horizon

Original: Acrylic on Canvas

48” x 72”

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16” x 20” prints available $70.00 plus S&H

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An exploration of the intermingling of inner and outer landscapes.



Earth Energy

Last modified on 2014-09-18 01:38:50 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Earth Energy by Martin Stensaas
Earth Energy by Martin Stensaas
Earth Energy detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Earth Energy detail 1 by Martin Stensaas
Earth Energy detail 2 by Martin Stensaas
Earth Energy detail 2 by Martin Stensaas

Earth Energy

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Acrylic on Paper

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16” x 20” prints available

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Earth Energy features a nocturne of Burning Man, while below, the autochthonous psychic energy of Earth awakens and enchants from below. Fractal architecture self-organizes into serpentine and pyramidal forms from a core of deep magic.



New Glory

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New Glory
New Glory

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Original: Cut painted wood

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Activation Energy

Last modified on 2013-11-24 18:04:19 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Activation Energy
Activation Energy

Activation Energy : 

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Original: Acrylic on Paper

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Print on Canvas: 14″ x 18″ digital print on canvas.

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Overcoming depression