untitled (Billy)


title: untitled (Billy)
year: 2006
series: Portraits of Unknown Relatives
medium: oil on canvas
size: 17″ h x 13″ w
edition size: unique
collections: artist’s stock
availability: 1 of 1

artist brief

This painting is a study of the famous Reverse Ferrotype print of Billy the Kid which inspired the notion that he was left handed. The other inspiring aspect of the print was the ambiguous and intoxicated look of The Kid’s face. It was painted in a suite of three portraits, the others being an image of Rembrandt taken from one of his own etching’s that inspired it’s own dexterity issue, and an image of W. C. Fields. All three gentlemen are sporting tall black hats creating a visual uniformity when hung together. Since the gentlemen were all known to be heavy drinkers in their time, this creates a relationship to do with perception between them. These studies are meant to be hung on monochrome wall paintings, the color of which is relative to the image each is hung in proximity to.

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