Andreas Englund, a Swedish artist takes us through the life of a superhero who probably reached the end of his illustrious crime fighting career a couple of decades ago. Without intending to, he follows the same idea that Alex Ross had with his masterful book, Kingdom Come. However, the difference is THIS anonymous superhero isn’t in any position to reclaim his vigilante status. Yet, here he is, kicking in the faces of evil doers everywhere.
Determined yet tired. A proud moment for this chap indeed.
A statement was made by Philipp Windmüller describing point of Englund’s gorgeous oil painting series, talking about how the accomplishments of the elderly need to be remembered and recognized:
In a kind of tender comic on a huge canvas, Englund describes the hero who is slowly but surely spending his remaining years with human traits as a link between the artist himself and the viewer. It was extremely important to Englund to portray the aging process with an intensified presence. If you want to accord credibility to a character, the character himself needs to face up reality and the aging process. He has to acknowledge to himself that he cannot live up to expectations and that the “perfect life” is nothing more than wishfulness. Englund’s artworks are focused on the maturing process. Even in the old age it is still possible to achieve something valuable although someone’s drive and vigour won’t bluster out explosively. Nevertheless everybody in his advanced age deserves to be recognised and respected for what he has achieved in life.
Even superheroes get scared.
Englund’s photorealistic paintings can be found on his website and are available for purchase.
I’ve always been fascinated by stories that depict the superhero lifestyle in realistic terms, making it seem not so glamorous as many comics tend to do. I love superheros. Everyone of you who follow me here at Heretical Jargon should know that. However I also understand and accept the ridiculous and unrealistic nature of the superhero genre. Superheroes have a direct connection to the classical Greek and Roman “Heroes Quest” type of stories; a hero has to face him or herself against immeasurable odds, coming to terms with their inner demons…that and fighting giant monsters, space baddies, and intergalactic evils which threaten the very existence of humanity. (More or less) So I can appreciate artists and storytellers taking a step back to remind us that superheroes, if they were real, would be a laughable lifestyle.
But Philipp Windmüller is right on target with his comments about the elderly and recognizing their achievements in life, no matter how small or big they are.
The man himself, Andreas Englund, hard at work in this incredibly ambitious piece.