Direct Hit by Jared Seff is a watercolor painting of two boxer. One in red shorts and one in green. A punch is landed and an audience member catches it on film.
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 14.5” x 12” with a custom silver frame and mat.
In this series through brush and paint a poetic representation of the dichotomy between a blood sport and technical art form brings an ancient theme of combat into a romantic realm while not masking the grit of the spectacle.
An added layer of tension is that all of these scenes are directly inspired by on-site drawings and studies of Jared's triplet brother and sister who are both mixed martial arts fighters themselves. This highly personal connection to the fights created an internal dilemma of processing outward heart-wrenching scenes. The ancient theme crescendos as his two beloved siblings enter into the ring, onto the stage, and now in paint onto the canvas.