In his 20's, the 6 foot 4 inch statesman was a professional river boat stevedore and amateur wrestler of great repute, only suffering one recorded loss. Slaves, at this time were occasionally awarded their freedom for repeated success in the pugilistic arts. Lincoln’s democratic demeanor would not allow him to decline a match with a black opponent, or to let him win.
Two siblings, on the worst night of their lives, disagree about whether or not to shoot the nag. Girls love horses.
The age old threat to youth, ethnic music, burns a swath through the heartland. From Scott Joplin to Lil Wayne, the mainstream has been convinced that Our Precious Youth are morally compromised by dancing.
Oil on canvas, 24"x30", 2005.
"...she had a dream abut the King of Sweden' after a trip to Chinatown "to kick the gong around,"--which translates into Opium Smoking in the parlance of post World War One era Harlem. Cab Calloway’s trademark song "Minnie The Moocher" was used by Max Fleisher in his best Betty Boop animated short, where Cab is portrayed as the walrus who’s picture graces the wall of Minnie’s boudoir.
Hollywood’s squeakiest sweatergirl, Jayne Mansfield, was a disciple of Anton Levay, and an enthusiastic member of his Church Of Satan. Although she died tragically young, decapitated in a car accident with her 4 chihuahuas, she had the comfort of a personal relationship with earth's oldest deity.
A song title, as well as a popular 19th
century image, brought up to date.
Neolithic hunters turn against each other faced with an abundance of quarry.
All of the world’s pain is nailed to a massive log, which is eternally carried this capable woman, who prevents the primordial serpent from gaining access to the power contained in this rich concentration of misery.
Upon learning that leg braces had attracted a following in the fetish community, I resolved to give these passionate people a patron saint.
Clothilde was a devout Christian girl married to a Pagan German prefect in the service of Rome. Her efforts at converting the Roman troops so angered her husband, he locked her in the cave where his hogs were kept. He told her to convert the hogs, and when the hogs were able to pray he would feed them. Ultimately, the starving livestock ate her.
Cell vinyl and egg tempera on wood panel; 48"x 24"; 2005.
Two of the Fates, so often invoked as scapegoats for our shortcomings, meet at the top of the universe. Having nothing to do and a bizillion years to do it, they begin playing dice with a handy pair of knuckle bones. As it becomes clear that they have no control over the way the numbers fall, the Fates are overjoyed to learn that they are of no consequence.
Cell vinyl and oil on wood panel; 24"x36"; 2004.
The marriage of religious fundamentalism and market capitalism is taken to the logical extreme. The Soul turns out to be a parasite that is harvested by Our Savior after death, and that person’s life is judged only by how big this worm grows.
The aging star enjoys the classical composer and longs for his homeland as he rams home the plunger.
Oil on canvas, 15"x30, 2005.
Witchy woman of mythology’s activities are best described by Bullfinch, "..in order to delay the pursuit by King Aeetes, Medea killed her halfbrother, Absyrtis, and cut his body into pieces, scattering the parts behind the ship. The pursuers had to stop and collect Absyrtis' dismembered body in order to give it proper burial."
The archetypal figure of madness and overblown physicality, Courtney Love is depicted refusing to go to heaven on Judgment Day.
This piece is an attempt to illustrate the lyrics of '70s southern rockers, Black Oak Arkansas, who had a hit covering this little known 'race record'. Singer, Jim Dandy Magnum, met Elvis early in his career and the King suggested this song for the band’s repertoire . The influence of rococo master, Gambatista Tiepolo, is evident in the frenzied depiction of Magnum rescuing the Mermaid Queen.
One of my earliest painting subjects, Olive Oyl, is shown with a homage to surrealism on the wall.
This painting is a mythological 'hunting genre’ piece in the vein of Piero Di Cosimo with all the nature stripped out of it. It’s not an attack, the hounds are being teased by a woman whose earthy nature contrasts with the acid yellow background.
Founding punk guitar player, Bryan Gregory, in a tribute to the Peter Bruegel painting of the same name. A well deserved place in paradise is reserved for the man who was “too weird” to be in The Cramps.
This favorite subject for centuries of painters illustrates the origin of this legendary beauty. Typically flanked by 2 secondary figures, I chose Johnny and Deedee Ramone for my version. The neolithic fertility sculpture Venus of Willendorf, is perched on her shoulder. The lighthearted mood is further expanded by flies swarming into her mouth, establishing her pedegree as a famous fly trap.
Created as part of the Grammy Museum's "Who Killed the Music?" 2010 show in support of the Grammy Awards. Terpsichore, Hathor, Macuilxochitl, and Cerridwin awkwardly attempt to dodge bullets.
The conquest of Mexico by Cortez in 1519 was accomplished with 500 men, 20 horses and 4 cannon. The vast majority of the fighting, dying, plundering and destruction was done by Tlaxcala and other tribes who rose against their Aztec overlords. The rape of the indigenous people of the New World happened without a European in sight.
The price and long term effects of globalization. The Nurse represents bad ideas, poorly implemented. You can’t raise a lobster like a baby, especially if you drink all the milk yourself.(She’s the figure everyone asks about)
Popeye Jones, Iggy Pop, Indian Gaming, and Moonbeam McSwine.
My Aunt’s suicide attempt, after being placed on mood altering drugs, inspired this tribute to the discovery, promise, implementation, and results of treating justifiable unhappiness as an illness.
Darwin’s venerable book title is parodied in this piece that described four beautiful lies that people wish they could believe. Reading from the left, we see a crude tarot card image, the boundless energy of fossil fuels, that girl from the Penthouse Letters section, and William Randolf Hearst-popular party giver, war monger and presidential candidate.
(collection of Lydia Hearst)