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New York artist David Czupryna interprets the vivid account of the prophet Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel 1 with "The Ushering in of the Wheel."

Ezekiel 1:1-28

The Ushering in of the Wheel


David Czupryna


Artist Location: New York City

Curated by: 

Charis Carmichael Braun


29 x 12 inches

Water soluble colored pencil heightened with white pastel on wood

Image by Giorgio Trovato

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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.

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The Artist's Reflection

David Czupryna is a New York City-based artist and graduate of the New York Academy of Art.

David Czupryna

About the Artist

David Czupryna

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