Friday, April 16, 2010

The Muralist

The very personal painting on the living room wall of the muralist Matthew Willey’s East Village apartment is hard to miss: four winged horses, at full gallop, ascending toward the ceiling, as if to burst out of the apartment. It is possible someone or something is behind them, for they are in harness, but what is driving them, other than the rays of sun, is impossible to tell.

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They are the horses of Helios, the Greek sun god, Mr. Willey explains. In Greek mythology, Helios leaves his palace in the east in the morning and charges into the sky, descending to his palace in the west at night.

“The part I love is that he gets up and does it again tomorrow,” Mr. Willey says.

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Photos by Trevor Tondro for the NYT

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