The Endurance of Sophia

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 30in, 2016

This original oil painting depicts a Sophia, waiting in the ruins of a great temple, awaiting someone to share her light with.

Sophia, derived from the Greek word for wisdom, symbolizes the pursuit and understanding of wisdom, knowledge, and truth. She encompasses the exploration of fundamental questions about existence, reality, ethics, and the nature of the human experience. Sophia represents the highest form of knowledge and is often associated with the rational, intellectual aspect of human consciousness. It goes beyond mere accumulation of facts and extends to the development of critical thinking, reflection, and the search for universal principles and truths. In this context, Sophia is linked to the philosophical quest for wisdom and self-realization, guiding individuals towards a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. It acknowledges that wisdom is not static but rather a lifelong journey of learning and enlightenment.

“This painting represents the first time I truly pushed myself out of my comfort zone as an artist. Before this, I was terrified at trying to properly represent the human form in my art, and after this painting, I knew anything was possible if I pushed myself.”

-Bro. Flynn