From the Vaults IV

Uh oh, more 80’s stuff. This one was kicked of by a Vladimir Nabokov short story about fear and how we deal with it. From memory the narrator doesn’t deal with it too well.

Tyrants Destroyed, 1987, oil on masonite, 180 x 88 cm
Tyrants Destroyed, 1987, oil on masonite, 180 x 88 cm

The piece is once again a slightly surreal mixture of still-life elements in an imagined environment. Imagery here includes chattering clockwork teeth and squeaky dog-chews in the shapes of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher from the UK satirical puppet show Spitting Image. Outside the barred window of what is presumably a cell, there appears to be a ticker-tape parade going on. This is a reference to previous works like Election Day. This painting is one of two bought by the late Roger Ebert, a man of consummate taste and excellent humour. Much missed.


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