In this painting I was trying to capture those long summer days of childhood when it takes all of your resources to stay entertained. Here's a kid who put on some random items and is stomping around the back yard in his "monster" costume, but no one is paying attention. People always laugh when they see this painting, which is appropriate, but it is also a painting about mortality, and about grown-ups who never really grow up and take responsibility for themselves. The title "The Jester" refers to the idea that since the "fool" kept everyone laughing, he was often in a better position to give the king bad news or tough advice; he embodied this same duality of gravity and levity.
|Subject:||Figures & Portraits|
|Tags:||mask, child, humor, skull, summer|
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Life often strikes me as a string of moments, like a series of film stills, in which we observe ourselves. I paint people experiencing these moments of profound self-awareness and growth; when the re... More