“The People of the Cave,” Print


Printed on 305 gsm matte fine art paper
9 x 12 inches (includes an extra 1" border for easy framing)

This is a print of my original oil painting, "The People of the Cave."

This painting depicts the enigmatic tale of the 18th chapter of the Qur’an, “The Cave,” (al-Kahf). This story is full of imagery, and practically begs to be painted! We are told the direction of the sun as it hits the cave, how the people appeared awake though they were asleep, how their dog stretched his forearms at the mouth of the cave, and how such a sight might have inflicted anyone with horror.
I think a lot of art enthusiasts and collectors today are turned off by “religious art,” but a lot of incredible historical art was inspired by religion. Take, for example, “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” by Rembrandt or “The Blind Leading the Blind,” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Even so-called secular art today can leave one full of awe, almost akin to a “religious experience.” All that is to say that religious art is dope and I’d like to think I’m continuing a tradition of Western style painting, but of course breaking new ground by depicting Qur’anic, rather than biblical tales.