Gavo's "The Teacher" expresses the passion, struggle, and joy of teaching. It incorporates symbols that, at first, appear purely abstract, but are in fact reflections of the process of education. For example, this image depicts crumpled up paper, symbolizing multiple reattempts.
"The Teacher" draws imagery from common objects related to teaching. For example, this detail evokes a teacher's plan book.
These "chalkboard eraser marks" evoke the blank slate, the chance to try again, the continual self-recreation that is education.
Gavo's "The Teacher" is part of a series. The other two paintings are "The Builder" and "The Creator". The trilogy represents three powerful personality types.
Embodying the spirit of the painting, Gavo used a variety of innovative tools to create the images. For example, the stars are created using sliced straws and the "stamps" are made using a cork.
How many teaching or learning symbols can you find? It's easier to see them on the high resolution image, which you can download for free using the link above.