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With Stolen Wings

I revisited the concept of my older painting titled "Selfish" that was made 10 years ago. It was one of the most important early works that shaped my path as an artist who wanted to explore art as a medium to communicate meaning instead of just looking pretty. 

The concept of angels have always made me think about arrogance and selfishness of man. It reflects how we as humans forcefully take what is great from nature for ourselves at the detriment of the animals and environment. 

Looking back to 10 years ago, so much has changed with the world, with me, and yet so much has stayed the same. Climate change is more widely accepted now, yet still commonly denied. Factory farming, over fishing, poaching, everything. Some species have already gone extinct, some are making a comeback. As a whole, the science predicts we're still heading down a path of environmental destruction. Nevertheless, I hope that in another 10 years when I revisit this concept again, things will be different. Things will be better.

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kazumikikuchi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
So Angelic..
HonouNoKage Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
DEAR LORD this is a beautiful work.  It's all grotesque and pretty at the same time, beautiful message too~
Wyzzel Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is beautiful, scary and so sad!
chrisiel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017
*angelic glare and whispers in angelic tounge ( but still understandable ) saying* sacrilege...
*in human tounge*:OMG, YOUR A GENIUS!!!!
You really capture the emotions here!!!
VenomQuill Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely stunning and lovely. You are extraordinary, my friend. I love not only the painting itself, but the symbolism. I wish to see this more, but alas it is not so. Well, good things come in rarity, yes?

But wings... I would have never even thought about angels and swan wings.
Virtual-Aesthetic Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Your work always has such meaning to it. I really love it x.x
legomaestro Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The oil painting you did always to me encompass exactly what you said. And true, art really needs to be more expression and message than the 'just for the sake of looking good' fad that it's become. Well, I wouldn't mind making beautiful art just to get some views, but somewhere along the line you've got to have something unique to your work to make it stand out, and to be honest at the very least.
SilverArt65 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2016  Student General Artist
I love it, it's dark with a bit of power and beauty.
The-Golem-Armada Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wow! What a powerful piece. I am always blown away by your conceptual execution of these works. :love:
Laugh-Butts Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
ButteflyMaiden909 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
There is a message in this.
Orenkun Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
This piece as well as "What It Takes To Fly" are two of my favorite pieces from you, for several reasons. I love this piece because, as you said, it shows the selfishness of people. It shows what it takes and what happens when people try to do things they were never meant to do. It shows the terrible sacrifices some people make on their "road to success". It really calls out the flaws in humanity. Just the same, "What It Takes To Fly" shows not just how hard it is to succeed, but how painful it can be. I am a college student paying for all my own expenses and it feels like I'm being torn in all different directions, all directions I supposedly should go in order to succeed. I think these two pieces compliment each other in that the girl in "Stolen Wings" chose this for herself, while the girl in "What It Takes To Fly" seems to have been forced into the situation. Both are terrible, both are life.

P.S. Also, did you intentionally do 3 pairs of wings so that the "Angel" being represented is a Seraphim, one of the highest classes of angels, or was that a coincidence?
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
Another powerful piece! And I must say, I'm suddenly reminded of this article too!…
NightLancerX Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2016
+1 in top faves!
K12E Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
How much more wings does she need?...
aitchhagen Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Such beautiful work! Great use of shading and light.
freshgo Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2016  Hobbyist
I like this a lot!
I think it kinda shows how we can get misled, especially because of a first impression.
And it does that by being misleading in itself:
At a first glance the girl is an angel, she's young and pretty and the colors and the settings play a cool part here -  the skys are white, which even more conforms us that she lives in heaven of sorts. The red color seems as if actually hinting of love or desire, the swans are swimming in a river it seems.

But when you look at what she's doing you realize where she got her wings from,
and the whole picture becomes terrifying and very unsetteling. The river is a river of blood, the swans aren't swimming they're dead.
After you finish inspecting the the image, the girl ends up looking quite the opposite - some sort of selfish, scary mutant.
Now it seems like hell.

There is some vegan undertone as well but I don't know about this all that much.
Overall I like this very much!
PralineDheula Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
If this girl has already stolen this cygnus wings, then why is she strangling it? Or is she doing something else?
xiaoJJ69 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016
Your art inspired me a lot, they are very meaningful and filled with something... special. It's hard for me to describe that feeling though. Since the begining, when my first seeing your art, it was a miracle to my life, when the time that I feel most desprerate, it's like a rainbow glowing across my field of darkness. Anyway, your art is amazing, I never getting tired of watching it over and over, each of them has different message and make me want to start taking action and stop with the sitting and just judge about the goverment. I love your work, keep doing what your are doing and never give up! Love
wellfreeman Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
I love this!! <3
Sketchun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zinfer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
MrHaziq Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
The art and concept both fascinate me.
Iria444 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
creepy af, and i love it.
Scatterpelt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cynical and dark.
I like this a lot.
kirby90210 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist
sadist-kouhai Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
this is so, so so important. both the meaning and the art. great work.
HollowsConcepts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would this be going on your shop at all? This is an amazing piece.
Ceviros Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I want wings too :3
EveVictus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! :judge:
chrisiel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016 beautiful. really catch the essence of how the negative side of humans really are, well done
UniversalKinase Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, your art is of a quality that museums should have rooms filled with your pieces, with your permission of course.
I remember the original, and the controversy that came from it being subsequently stolen.
I am so glad that you didn't let that experience discourage you.
You are truly talented, and the messages you convey are important and true.
Thank you for all that you do.
theAnimeNut Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're art never ceases to amaze and inspire me! :clap:
deathless-smile Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Student Writer
I love the way you communicate through your art- and specifically this piece. 

The arrogance of humanity is portrayed in this beautiful piece- and it really reminds me of the videos of the people who held down a shark and even a dolphin just to take selfies with them. I hope people can view your art and reflect upon what they are doing.

Kudos to you, yuumei-chan! :D
andyeatscake Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Student General Artist
>~< i hope things will be different Yummei .. the world is so confused 
JayGraphixx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing concept, love it :heart:
AliSSdeLoup Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing! I love colours, topic... everything Heart Love 
nilllukka Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the environmental aspect of your art. I'm currently reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and I'm realizing how completely wrong everything in our system and culture is. Knowing what I know now, it's difficult for me to believe in a cleaner and better tomorrow, but we must not stop dreaming, eh? However, I wish I could do something else but dream, I just quite don't know what.
NdrN Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Ylvanaar Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You are a real inspiration! I'm a game dev student with graphics as my main focus, and I look up to you a lot. Working hard to one day become as skilled as you are!
AlsShine Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
I think what inspires me most about your work, is that you convey a message while still making your art look absolutely stunning.
I believe that, because of the aesthetic beauty of your work, the message you try to convey really slaps us in the face.
I'm certain we are all well aware of this fact, but I would still like to point it out. :')
Phobophobia65118 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Achlucide Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist
You're a god. That's it.
RolandLatoreSpeed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The message you painted is just...  speechless    :wow: 
NorthernSwallow-Tale Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... what do I even say? Just, wow.
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016   General Artist
This is a chilling piece with an even more disturbing message, but at the same time, I love the message you are conveying and how you did it. Such an amazing piece. Well done, Yuumei!
SasumiYahiko Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god... that message... awesome work by the way
eiskestrel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
I like the powerful meaning behind this and the message it conveys. It's a really interesting different perspective on the concept of angels. Perhaps, you can say man wanted to be better and mask the ugliness through the beauty of others? A thought-provoking piece. I do hope things will be better in the future.
Xykun Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Really cool piece art- and meaning wise; but your pov about angels is sad.
In a more positive way, I'd say Angels attest that humans can't reach the sky alone. :3

(but yeah other than that, your description of humanity is pretty accurate)
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