Just a Game by Jason Brady - 21 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches Signed ani art academy academic realist american figurative skeleton chess
Jason Brady
B. 1989

Just a Game

Charcoal and pastel on paper
21 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

This vanitas portrays just a game, yet a struggle for life. The player’s lone king stands against the reaper’s army. Checkmate appears to be inevitable. The board of life is itself quite bland, abiding by the rules with its monotonous predictable pattern. On the other hand, the reaper’s drapery is a chaotic whirl of beauty spiraling into the jaws of death. How will you meet your end? Is death a beautiful release from the shackles of life or just an utterly black void of nothingness?

The artist
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City