Samuel Gomez Draws a 90-Square-Foot Masterpiece
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Samuel Gomez is an artist and designer living and working in New York City. Gomez’s style embodies a ‘hybrid surreal-steampunk’ aesthetic and his preferred tools include: graphite, pens, acrylics and inks.
Gomez has also worked over a decade as a Creative Designer and Illustrator for some of the top design agencies in New York and Chicago. He graduated from Altos de Chavon in 1999 and received his BFA in Communication Design from Parsons in New York.
In an ambitious artwork entitled Deadpan Comedy, Gomez drew a colossal triptych for the 2013 ArtPrize competition. The graphite and ink on paper drawing measured 18 ft (5.48 m) long and 5 ft (1.5 m) tall. As per the entry page:
This triptych drawing is a surreal graphic satire in which, instead of depicting the ‘ideally wished’ landscape of the future of nature, Samuel Gomez showcases the very things that are preventing us from moving forward and coexisting with nature in a responsible manner. The first and third panels depict corporations and a capitalist system, the interests that he believes are stopping us from a sustainable future. The center panel is the harvest, an allegorical place where we all come to harvest our dreams, wishes, desires, and goals. It features a clockwork casino with a dandelion flower made of bubbles as the source. People gather here to work, whistling away their dreams. Some dreams grow and some dreams burst, but all of the dreams together make up the intricate landscape of human emotions.
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