Finaly got this piece finished. It stretched out for a while, but the actual painting and building didn’t take too long.

The inspiration came from me stumbling on the figure and some boxes with signs at a sale at my local model train shop. I feel like both the signs and the man with the suitcase are both good symbols of things in everyday life, and that they fit well togeather.

I also wanted to paint something with a rather limited use if colour. The man and the envorinment is painted in paynes gray and pastel yellow. The signs make up a colourful backdrop og saturated colour. All of this is to draw focus to the most important elements in the piece. I also use the shadows of the signs to point to them figure in the foreground.

The piece is about choises, but I won't explain it further than that. You are free to form your own interpretation.
  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    Quite deep and intriguing piece, both in philosophical and artistic meaning.

    • Mikkel Frederiksen

      Thank you :-) I am glad you like it. It feels good to do stuff like this from time to time. It helps me to try a visualise an emotion or a feeling, in this way. Some things are hard to put into words, but somehow easier to show visually.

  • Štěpán Tichý

    I have sometimes a hard time understanding concept pieces but I think this one speaks for itself. Like the use of monochrome figures and terrain with the coloured signs. Very interesting piece!

    • Mikkel Frederiksen

      Thank you :-) I think the piece would have felt overloaded if I had painted it in full colour, added grass and stuff like that. The monochrome helps draw focus and convey an emotional state… I hope ;-)

  • Tommy Gunn

    It’s a great piece.  I recognize some of the signs from different kits.

    Very well planned and set up.

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  • Eduardo Garcia Lope

    Great work, concept and realization.

  • Eamon Connerty

    Very cool piece!

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  • Peter Lundström aka WitnessMyMinisPLUS

    I like this a lot mate , still think you should have added the “loppis” sign though ;)