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    Initially inspired by Holbein’s paintingĀ The Dead Christ in the TombĀ as well as historical paintings and sculptures of fallen warriors and figures in the state of repose, Wiley has created an unsettling series of prone bodies — some a product of the ravages of war, some contorted into erotic revelry, while others embody the majesty and severity of entombed saints. Wiley re-conceptualizes classical pictorial forms to create a contemporary version of monumental portraiture. The works, scaling up to 30 feet long, resound with violence, pain, and death, as well as sexual ecstasy. They portray a sense of heroism in the face of death, incorporating a scale that pushes beyond the mere corporeal and into the level of legend and hero and worship.

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