‘The Binary Bovine’ original painting – by Jono Doiron
Estimated Value: $8,200
“This painting was inspired by learning more about the history of domesticated cattle.
Two of the three biggest economies in the world (the United States and India), have cattle derivatives infused in their diets in opposing ways. India is the country with the most populous vegetarians, who flex Lacto-vegetarianism (dairy products are nourished, but not eggs or meat). In the United States (the second most meat consuming country in the world), both dairy and the animal itself are eaten. What struck me was the contrasting treatment of the same animal between these two cultures: while one has chosen to praise the animal for the gifts it’s brought humanity, the other has chosen to enslave it.
Agriculture is the very thing that has allowed human beings to no longer be nomadic. (Some Environmentalists would say that was the beginning of the end.) An omnivorous diet has long been customary to human existence and livestock practices were adopted shortly thereafter. So while consuming meat has historic longevity, it’s a fastidious topic because the efforts required to satisfy our demand for it today are compromising our environment.
The chained cow apparition heading the top of the image denotes the often incarcerated reality of the animal. The markings on the cow, common on North American breeds, take the form of the world’s landmasses representing our global rapacious appetite for beef.
Clarabelle cow (bottom right in glowing yellow) in the image is dressed as a Hindu deity and represents an ahimsa path. In her upper left hand she holds a bitter mellon and her other left hand retains mustard flower (common ingredients in Indian cuisine).
General Mills’ Hamburger Helper mascot arrives with no garment to revealing his raw meat appearance. He wields a devilish prong force feeding his hamburger itinerary.
The popular burger chain mascot, Big Boy, sits under a shadow of fear at the sight of the ghostly cow above while undecided on the two paths he has been presented with.”
Artist Bio :
Jono Doiron started drawing at a young age and does not remember a time when he didn’t want to be an artist or have a strong appreciation for characters and cartoons. His earliest memories of art consist of watching cartoons and studying comics in the newspaper. Originally, Jono had plans to become a newspaper cartoonist and drew original comic strips he would photocopy, staple and divvy out to friends. After high school, Jono’s focus shifted to a career in animation and in September 2004, he was enrolled in a three year animation and fine arts program which taught him painting, drawing, sculpture and anatomy.
After graduating in 2007, Jono worked as an animator and cleanup artist on shows such as ‘Johnny Test’, ‘Busytown Mysteries’ and ‘Razzberry Jazzberry Jam’. In 2009, is focus shifted to pursue painting while combining his love of cartoons, humor and storytelling. His work has since been exhibited in galleries across North America. Today, Jono calls himself a freelance illustrator and fine artist creating work for exhibitions, companies and private clients. His work is held in private collections in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. In 2017, he was featured on The Space Channel as a notable artist to watch.
Terms and conditions :
- Image dimensions: 13.5″ x 21.5″
- Dimensions including frame: 19.5″ x 27.25″
- Acrylic on masonite
- Year created : 2018
- Signed by the artist in the bottom left corner
- Titled and signed by the artist on the back of the painting
- The painting is non refundable
- Includes a certificate of authenticity
- Winner pays for shipping
- This painting is framed
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