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Published:February 28th, 2013 08:13 EST
Brilliant Graffiti Artist, A Reincarnated Romanesque Painter, Discovered by Father Ramon Borr!

Brilliant Graffiti Artist, A Reincarnated Romanesque Painter, Discovered by Father Ramon Borr!

By John G. Kays

Is House (Raul Sanchez Araque) a Neo-Romanesque artist using aerosol cans to simulate a 12th and 13th century style? Was Romanesque mural painting once as colorful and bright as House`s freshly rendered (just completed) graffiti-style fresco on the ceiling of the Santa Eulalia Church in L`Hospitalet (near Barcelona, Spain)? I suspect it was. We have to thank Father Ramon Borr for commissioning House and another graffiti artist he employed, Rudi.

Father Borr insisted they study Romanesque Art before undertaking their ambitious endeavor of a ceiling mural (a graffiti artist`s equivalent of Michelangelo`s Sistine Chapel). I`ve been studying House`s ceiling mural this morning, and am convinced he learned the static, two dimensional portrait format (of Romanesque painting) well indeed!

I read over the Wikipedia entry for Romanesque Art, as well as the Metropolitan`s blurb; the metamorphosis from the street to the sacred setting of a church is an astonishing feat of transformation (or adaptation)! They absorbed the Romanesque examples they studied like sea-soaked sponges! Father Borr`s zest for something new will ultimately pay off big time; interest in attending his church will multiply like loaves of bread or fish of the sea (a miracle of Jesus), I predict!

I`m dying to see the spray paint ceiling mural for myself, but realistically realize, I probably won`t be getting to Barcelona anytime soon. At this juncture, I must thank the journalist Gerry Hadden, writing for the BBC, for his piece (the church dome painted by graffiti artists) on the innovative church graffiti mural; otherwise, you and I wouldn`t know about House or be aware of the leaps and bounds, or faith in something new, exercised by Father Ramon Borr. Good works, for finding good works!

Furthermore, I must confess, Gerry Hadden`s article is the only source I have, so I`m relying on it heavily! Well, at least I`m studying examples of Romanesque Art, and trying to compare these examples with the few photos available of House`s (and Rudi`s) inspired work. When first looking at the top photo (on the BBC piece), I thought for certain it had been rendered in the 13th century. I examined examples of stain glass and Illumination Book Art, included on the Wiki page.

There`s a flatness, a stasis (a woodenness) to the portraiture that`s rather cartoon-like! Then it dawned on me, a street artist is perfect for going back in time and attempting a replication of this primitive, yet beautiful form of art, that spread across Europe like wildfire, starting in the 11th century, then coming into full fruition in the mid-13th century. The bright colors make up for the lack of three-dimensional delineation (qualities that wouldn`t surface until Italy`s Massacio)

Yet it`s most beautiful in it`s simplicity! Two and two equals four. Romanesque painters were the graffiti artists of their time. Father Borr`s intuition is as sharp as a razor; House could naturally channel this art, which is as much as a thousand years old, since he was a kindred spirit (using aerosol cans) with these mostly anonymous artists. 

Comparisons with the Monkey Boy of Borja are totally off kilter. House`s stuff is not silly or stupid, but rather inspired, transcendent, and spiritual! Calm before the storm. House will be world-famous in just 24 hours!