Man in the Mirror

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161027a Mirror (2016) oil on canvas 34 x 50cm

I’ve been painting a lot lately, but haven’t had time to blog. I don’t like to write in a hurry because that ends up with me saying stupid things, which is especially bad when it’s about other artists’ work. Anyway, I did this painting today. It’s not typical of what I’ve been working on, but I thought it was a fun one to share.

It reminds me of Magritte, and of the hokey pop surrealists that he probably inspired, like Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, who painted the dogs playing cards. The dog paintings were originally an advertising commission, but at least one of them became one of the most popular posters of the 70s. I saw it when I was very young and completely uncynical, and I found it very exciting and a little sinister. The idea that it was somehow “lower” than other paintings I’d seen (Bacon, Dali, Hopper) didn’t occur to me.

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Cassius Marcellus Coolidge A Bold Bluff (before 1909) oil [anyone have details on the dimensions? let me know, thanks!]

I also like mirrors and patterned wall paper in paintings, like in some of Christoph Ruckhäberle’s.

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Christoph Ruckhäberle Abscheid [Farewell] (2004) oil on canvas 190 x 280cm

And although I didn’t think about it until now, I always loved the jarring effect of the mirror in the Ring movie. I looked it up for this blog, and it’s even the same shape as my mirror, so I’ll chalk that up as another act of subconscious referencing.

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Ringu [Ring] (1998) dir. Hideo Nakata

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