I created this painting specifically for my book on Global Warming, "Amy and the Tortoise." In this picture, Amy and her tortoise friend, Gus, are outside exploring the world as it slowly recovers from the devastation caused by climate change and the use of fossil fuels. Amy still has to wear a gas mask outside because of the foul air. They are both curious about the hole and what mysterious effect caused it to happen.
Project yourself into a different world; a fantasy world... one that may seem familiar to you. In this world, we watch, blindly, as our farms turn to deserts, our cities are flooded, and our population explodes. This world is ailing, but we optimistically look forward to better times when technology will solve all our problems.
But will it? Can environmental bureaucrats re-engineer our society to be more green? We trust them with our lives and our environment, even as they unleash unproven technology to unexpected consequences. We may laugh at their antics and their solutions, but we are optimists and they are powerful.
Is this world better for their involvement? Is the air more clean? The water more pure? The harvest more plentiful? Or do their reckless projects mock the ideas of renewal and redemption?
These are the themes of The Environmental Series, which use surrealistic imagery, fantasy, and, yes, humor to show a world of inept leadership and absurd solutions to environmental problems. Each painting tells the story of our constant efforts to make things better. Each one reflects our naive certainty that technology will solve our problems. Is there optimism in these paintings? You be the judge.
John Leben is a digital artist, and as such paints his pictures in the computer using powerful software, offering prints of his original compositions. That makes Leben a printmaker who uses digital technology for expression and reproduction.
All of John Leben's limited editions on paper feature distinctive deckled edges around the image with a generous white border that eliminates the need for a mat. Image size is 18x18 inches, paper size is 24x24 inches. Prints are produced by the artist in his Saugatuck, Michigan studio, one at a time. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist on the paper under the image.
John Leben's Limited Editions are printed on Epson Watercolor paper - Signature Worthy Cold Press Bright
• Epson Cold Press Bright Textured Paper is a 100% cotton rag paper that is acid, lignin, and chlorine free with a bright textured finish. Epson Cold Press Bright paper has a high color gamut and black density and is pH buffered with calcium carbonate for a true archival sheet.
• Unframed limited edition prints are shipped rolled.
• Framed limited edition prints are backed by acid-free foam core and glazed with reflection control acrylic for UV protection. Frames are museum-style matte black aluminum frames, Nielson profile 117-21
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