Fall of Icarus

‘Fall of Icarus’ is based on the story of Icarus from Greek Mythology.

I’m an avid reader of Greek mythology and the tale of Icarus is one of my favorite stories.

Icarus was the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. Daedalus and Icarus were wrongfully imprisoned by King Minos of Crete.

The story told about Icarus and his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. His father gave him specific instructions not to fly too close to the sun or the wax holding the wings would melt.

Being overly ambitious and overcome with the excitement of flying, he ignored the instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall into the sea where he drowned.

It’s more or less a cautionary tale about over ambition. And doing this painting was cathartic to me because like Icarus, I was the boy who didn’t listen to his father and “flew too close to the sun” only to fall from grace.

Hindsight is always 20/20 and the older you get the more you see that your parents are looking out for your own good when they give you advice. When you’re young and rebellious like I was, you’re just too blind to see this.

Your elders are wise with experience, they could teach a young fool a thing or two.

Happy Birthday and rest in peace pops, I miss you and I love you.
RIP Dr. Rosito Abellera, August 4, 1933- September 9, 2003.


-Roz Barron Abellera


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