“The Crown of Humanity”

Oil on 24 Newspapers
300 x 280cm
2021 • 2022


The Completed Work will measure approximately 300 x 300cm painted on 24 Newspapers. The idea was born on the first day of Advent 2021 with the mere painting of a candle. From Adventskranz to an "Advents Kran", (another work just made in pre advent time which is another story to tell later), it came to me that Kranz, "Crown", is called Coronae in Latin which led me to the idea for this work. 
An Exhibition of the same name will take place in Braunau in the wonderful space called, "Valentinum", where "The Crown of Humanity", & other related works will be shown: https://www.kunstraum-valentinum.at/

Advent, from the Latin adventus, means, "coming". The arrival of someone or something, an event. As I understand, life is full of events, coming & going, yet there is something that never comes & goes. Something within you that can't be described in words. The source from which all things come and you are that. You are that essence that is always now. There is no coming and going. Somehow that is how Corona appears to me. We must respect it, wear it like a queen or a king a crown.

1/24 to 8/24 • Burghauser Anzeiger
9/24 to 16/24 • Südostbayerische Rundschau
17/24 to 20/24 • Neue Zürcher Zeitung
21/24 to 24/24 • The New York Times

There is no better time for us to pull together in unison and isolate ourselves from the fear injected into us by misguided leaders. Corona kills as does traffic if we don't watch out while crossing the road. It's that simple.

For the love of the source of everything, which I understand to be your true being, I paint Corona like a wreath, a "Kranz", to celebrate not the coming but the final arrival of an enormous smack in the face of humanity. The time has come to acknowledge that you alone are responsible for everything. There is no-one else to blame.

The Crown of Humanity is here to corner us, to make us see that we are all responsible, for ourselves and for each other. It's the struggle & the pain that teaches you gratitude, the fight that makes you stronger to survive & lastly love & respect for each other that will prevail.




The Crown of Humanity