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EXCLUSIVE – FAMP Art Presents End the Suffering by Tim Pittides

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I have seen everything from the recent 2014 rendition of Hercules to the 1997 Disney version of Hercules. The version I remember from high school is the one that had the most memorable explanation. Hercules was the Roman name for the greatest hero of Greek mythology, Heracles. Hercules was sentenced to perform a series of tasks, or “Labours,” 12 to be exact, as punishment for his heinous acts of slaying his family in a moment of madness. These 12 labours have heroic moments and had many amazing characters.

FAMP Art is excited to announce they will be hosting their first ever gallery show on December 12, at 7:00 pm at Bottleneck Gallery in New York city. An online sale will take place on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 9:00 AM, PST. Prints will ship worldwide.

12 artists have been assigned to portray the individual Labours. A 13th artist was then selected to illustrate a piece focusing on the man himself, Hercules. Check out the list of amazing artists selected to work on the project:

Timothy Pittides – First Labour: Nemean Lion
Kerby Rosanes – Second Labour: lernaean Hydra
Erica Williams – Third Labour: Ceryneian Hind
Dan Mumford – Fourth Labour: Erymanthian Boar
JC Richard – Fifth Labour: Augean Stables
Chris Skinner – Sixth Labour: Stymphalian birds
Lucas Ruggieri – Seventh Labour: Cretan Bull
AJ Frena – Eighth Labour: Mares of Diomedes
Nikita Kaun – Ninth Labour: Belt of Hippolyta
Karl Fitzgerald – Tenth Labour: Cattle of Geryon
Tom Roberts – Eleventh Labour: Apples of the Hesperides
DZO – Twelfth Labour: Cerberus
Glyn Smyth – Hercules

The show will include a variety of screen printed pieces, a few giclee prints and couple of originals from artists all around the world.

As many of you already know, we have been big supporters of artist Timothy Pittides for a long time. Most recently we have gushed over his Vices series with Grey Matter Art. Today we have the the extreme pleasure to exclusively unveil Tim’s piece for the show, which tackles the first labour, “The Nemean Lion”.

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End the Suffering – Relief (grey version).
Artist: Timothy Pittides
Print Size: 12″ x 18″
Print Notes: 4 color screen print on 100lb Chipboard Kraft-Tone Paper
Edition Size: 40
Priced: $35

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End the Suffering – Scroll (brown version)
Artist: Timothy Pittides
Print Size: 12″ x 18″
Print Notes: 4 color screen print on 100lb French Speckletone Kraft Paper
Edition Size: 40
Priced: $35

Here’s what Tim had to say about tackling the first labour:

When I approached  Hercule’s first Labour , the Nemean Lion, I knew right away I would not be doing just a lion. I remembered something from the story that many people didn’t know. The lion was rumored to steal maidens from local villages. When warriors would arrive at the lion’s cave, they would find a injured young woman who would magically turn into the lion when the warrior got too close and the lion would devour him, leaving the bones for the God of the Underworld, Hades. I found it quite interesting that the lion was invincible, nothing could penetrate it’s hide yet Hercules could strangle it with his bare heads so easily. Some would say, he is Zeus’s son so his power is unmatched, but I have a different option.

Maybe the lion doesn’t transform into a woman, but the woman transforms into a lion. Cursed by Hades, maybe a scorned lover, doomed forever to being his reaper. The background of my piece contains a ancient Greek tablet, rumored to be to curse of lovers. She clutches stalks of wheat to her chest, praying to the goddess Demeter(Ceres), the bringer of seasons and giver of gift. I wanted a subtle touch of her breaking down and decided to use the falling of the laurel leaves to get that across ( Laurel leaves symbolize victory). Hercules did not foil her, he did not outmatch her. She LET him kill her. She wanted the agony and suffering to end. I hope she found peace.

Once again, the event will take place on December 12, 2015, at Bottleneck Gallery at 7:00 pm. The show is free to attend so be sure to bring some friends. There will be free beer, wine, and other beverages for those in attendance. As a bonus, we will also be giving out a free print out by artist Glyn Smyth to the first 20 people in line. Be sure to save the date and RSVP to the Labours of Hercules on their Facebook Event page.

Check out FAMP Arts webpage HERE and social sites, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on all their releases!

Also make to stop by artist Timothy Pittides website for more of his upcoming work – http://www.pittidesart.com/

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