This unique painting is created in oil paints and mediums on an archival, prepared ground. As with nearly all of my works, the combination of opaque and glazed application of oils creates a highly luminous and complex color surface only truely appreciated when viewed in the original work.
This oil painting was commissioned by publisher Simon & Schuster for the novel The Gospel of Loki by author Joanne M. Harris, and released in 2016. The painting features a historical interpretation of the mischievous god and hints at his heritage as a god of fire.
The image as used upon the book cover is with slight digital alterations which are not found in the final oil work
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It's difficult to talk about the art of Donato Giancola and remain objective. Despite the best intentions to be analytical and coldly disaffected when standing in front of his art...it is simply not possible. There is so much passion, so much depth, and so much truth in Donato's paintings that the viewer can't help but get caught up in the stories his works tell. Simply put, among contemporary narrative artists, Donato Giancola is a master.
-Arnie & Cathy Fenner/Directors: Spectrum Fantastic Art
His oil paintings in particular reveal a master craftsman at work, exhibiting a realism that rivals that of Renaissance and Baroque painters.
Christopher Snyder on Donato's art, The Making of Middle-earth