This painting was created for the 2013 Tokusatsu show at Q Pop Gallery. We were researching Ultraman and discovered that Tsuburaya Eiji, the creator of Ultraman and co-creator of Godzilla, was a Catholic and frequently used Christian ideas and symbolism in the Ultraman shows and movies. I just pushed that idea to a humorous extreme by depicting the Mother of Ultra and Ultraman Taro as the Madonna and Christ child. I was really inspired by Byzantine depictions of the Madonna and the Christ child as a proportionately tiny man sitting in Mary’s arms and the amount of gold leaf used now seems tacky to the point of camp. Painted in acrylic and oil paint on gesso board, 14″ tall and 11″ wide.