Tonight I stumbled across the art of this man, John Pitre, a true modern Leonardo Da Vinci, and just had to share with you. I ask you to please click on each thumbnail to truly appreciate the delicacy of his work. I feel I found a rare gem! The words of many great writers, including our beloved Rumi, just effortlessly matched his work. I do hope you enjoy!
A master of fantasy and surrealism, John Pitre has been a significant influence in the art world for over thirty years, and is one of the most widely published artists in modern history. As a story teller, Pitre uses his brush to comment on the most profound questions concerning us today, and to create a reflection of our times and the world in which we live. In truth, his surrealism leaves Salvador Dali at the starting gate, Pitre has developed the genre so highly.
He creates entire imaginary worlds, using artistic expression as a vehicle for powerful social commentary. Well before they became the significant social issues of our times, Pitre's surrealistic renditions of the threat of overpopulation, the ominous shadow of nuclear war, and the ecological deterioration of our planet became widely popular as poster images, selling in the millions. One image alone, Restrictions, sold an estimated seven million copies. Through his art he continues to bring to our attention important aspects of our Human condition, and as a result of his visionary talents, his social commentary paintings are now considered twentieth-century classics
A modern day DaVinci, Pitre holds over thirty patents to his name. He is a pioneer in many fields; he explored the depths of the oceans with diving gear he designed himself, long before commercial dive equipment was available. His affinity for the high seas led to patents for generating electricity from ocean waves and currents. He learned to fly every form of aircraft available to him, including a unique, one of a kind configuration that he personally conceived of, engineered, and built. He is still an adventuring aviator; he now owns and flies his own helicopter.
Through his scrupulous study of human anatomy in the arts he has also designed some of the world’s most advanced fitness equipment found today in many of the worlds finest gyms. His credits in this field include the Questar line of fitness equipment and the ROM (Range of Motion) which was awarded the Best of What's new in 1993 by Popular Science Magazine, and the Time Works that was one of TV's most successful infomercials. He also developed and patented a new proprietary formulation paint for artist based on space age polymers. (Genesis Paint)
Look beyond the surface, and into the depths of paintings by Pitre, and you will look into the mind and soul of a great thinker. Through his social commentary art and visionary paintings he shares with you his vision of our purpose in the universe, and reminds us of the responsibilities we have as moral beings and as stewards of our planet. He tells us about life as a human citizen here on Earth, warning you about its difficulties and pitfalls, but also portrays the beauty and magic that each one of us possesses within. He encourages you to follow your longings and aspirations to achieve your dreams, but to hold dear the relationships we have with all other men.
His work is transcendental in nature and many people derive their own profound yet private meaning from each piece. When describing Pitre's work most people tell you not of its appearance, amazing as it is, but rather of their own personal moment of epiphany inspired by the paintings of this master.
I have pulled out just a few of Pitre's work for your pleasure. I ask you to please enlarge them and take in his exquisite use of light and colour. His precision is unbelievable.
You talk about happy creatures! Did you ever see a porpoise? Well there ain't anything superior to that kind of happiness. ~ Mark Twain
Civilization wrecks the planet from sea floor to stratosphere. ~ Richard Bach
Avoid the crowd. Think independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. ~ Rumi
My dear heart never think that you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don't harbour bad thoughts, do not gossip, and do not teach what you do not know. ~ Rumi
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un_American act that could most easily defeat us. ~ William Orville Douglas
"And when the day comes that we can communicate intelligently with dolphins, they may introduce us to the concept of survival without aggression, and the true joy of living, which at present eludes us. In that circumstance what they have to teach us would be infinitely more valuable than anything we could offer them in exchange." ~ Horace Doobs
That which is false troubles the heart, but the truth brings joyous tranquility. ~ Rumi
You talk about happy creatures. Did you ever notice a porpoise? Well there ain't nothing in the universe superior to that kind of happiness. ~ Mark Twain
Forever has no meaning when you are living in the moment. I am not ready for this moment to end. ~ Rumi
God is bound to act, to pour Himself into thee as soon as He shall find thee ready. ~ Meister Eckhart
Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl. ~ Rumi
God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly, not one. ~ Rumi
My friend, the Sufi is the friend of the present moment. To say tomorrow is not our way. ~ Rumi
Paradise is surrounded by what we dislike; the fires of hell are surrounded by what we desire. ~ Rumi
People of this world don't look at themselves, and so they blame one another. ~ Rumi
The middle path is the way to wisdom. ~ Rumi
The intelligent want self control; the children want candy. ~ Rumi
Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty. ~ Rumi
Regard as a king one not interested in kingship. ~ Rumi