A captivating piece by artist David Czupryna reinterpreting Ezekiel’s Wheel. Spark and Echo Arts was pleased to commission a new work from Mr. Czupryna and is delighted with the additional imagination and detail he brought to the vivid account from Ezekiel 1.

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David Czupryna, The Ushering in of the Wheel, 2011, 29 x 12 in.
Water soluble colored pencil heightened with white pastel on wood

From the Artist: This is a reinterpreted version of Ezekiel’s Wheel that I had been toying with. I liked the idea of the wheel within a wheel design, but instead of having the literal visual interpretation of the passage, I decided to go in a different direction and combined the wheels into one object. The passage calls for the rims of the “wheel within a wheel’s” to be studded with eyes; instead, I added screaming cherub faces without pupils. I imagine the sight of such an object to be rather disturbing and unnerving as well as awe inspiring (besides, “disturbing” is what I do best).

The putti surrounding the wheel are a procession of heavenly beings heralding its arrival. Some are wearing smiling skull masks (death), while others are without (life). This further adds to the idea of benevolence or malice being left to interpretation or even speculation. I like the idea of there being no absolutes, the idea of everything having aspects of both “good” and “evil” of benevolence and malevolence; it all depends on how one looks at it which makes it so.

Read the account of Ezekiel’s Wheel in Ezekiel 1
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

Check out other works about Ezekiel’s Wheel that are part of Spark and Echo including a RECIPE that inspired a SONG.

This work is copyrighted © 2011 by David Czupryna and appears here by permission. If you have interested in this or other works from David please Contact Us and we can put you in touch with him.

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