JINN (genies) are supernatural creatures in Arabic mythology. Jinn is derived from the semitic root "jinn" meaning "to hide or conceal". These shape-shifting spirits are made of fire or air, and can embody both human and god-like characteristics, and thus can mix and even mate with humans. They are known to be seductive, and can be helpers, tricksters, or demons. In early Arabia they were thought to inspire poets and soothsayers. Some say they are hunted by angels and wolves, who can see them when others cannot.
This piece holds my appreciation for how these creatures were hunted in various tales... and survived. As a gay man growing up in 80's and 90's I imagined a kind of kinship with the Jinn as I eventually got the nerve to come out later on in life. What better creature to inspire queer courage than a powerful flaming spirit?
Image Size: 22" Paper Size: 27 3/4"
• Limited Edition of 44 • museum quality giclée print signed by the artist • certificate of authenticity • comes with a glow-in-the-dark enamel Jinn pin.
Sometimes an image I compose houses a larger narrative... in this case I performed a kind of warped soliloquy with my band Johnny Hollow... Listen below: