Date Originally created: Spring 1979
Medium: Oil on Canvas
In January 1979, Acevedo moved back to Los
Angeles to attend Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He and
his brother, Eric, took up residence in a little two-bedroom apartment
located behind a front house on Elm Street in the City of Alhambra.
The location was chosen for its proximity to Art Center which was
about a 25 minute drive away. It was here that he painted the oil
on canvas called Napoleonic Seal. This was his first painting to
use a tessellated overlay on figuration as inspired by his perceptual
experience at the Alhambra, in Spain. The periodic pattern can be
seen on the three "extraterrestrials" in the lower right
corner of the composition. Embedded in the head of the right-hand
alien is a familiar array of cubic blocks known from psychological
perception studies of convex / concave phenomena and also from Salvador
Dali's painting, The Skull of Zubaran.
This Neo-Surrealist work is very loosely based on Leonardo's Last
Supper but this features an effigy of a pagan animal-like god. If
you interpret the seal's fins as the corners of a hat - then the
figure at the center of the table is a conquering imperial hero.
If you read the corners of the hat as fins then it is a victimized
Seal lying prostrate on its dry-docked Waterloo - as it was in its
original source image. It seemed an apt metaphor for the bitter-sweet
paradox of human experience and the fate of some of our greatest