And the repeated painting of those stripes and those stars went on as Trump failed to admit or acknowledge he had lost the US election. The painting went on as news rolled and people dies and the climate-change denying, covid-ignoring self serving people-abusing twitter-shouting tyrant tried his best to abuse and ignore the democratic process as the rest of us watched on from the outside. The pop art flavoured repeating of a theme went on here, the latest two Stripes paintings as we watched the US Supreme Court turn down and dismiss all his appeals, his contempt and his unfounded protests and the strange process that is the declaration of the US college vote was made on December 14th. Surely the 14th was the final nail? The end of the process? Trump is surely dumped and the world at last can breathe a collective sigh of relief (although the dangerous man is still there until until Joe takes over in January, so we still get worry about what Trump might do between now and then (and I really know little about Joe but right now just the fact that he isn’t Trump is more than enough)
Someone asked me the other day why I don’t painting the English flag or the Union Jack. Well the British flag hold nothing positive for me as a painter, the US flag at least throws up notions in terms of fresh starts and new worlds and in theory a break from the class systems of the old world. Yeah, I know that isn’t the reality of the USA in 2020 and America’s ruling classes are as bad as anyone’s. But hey, Hendrix at Woodstock, Jasper Johns, pop art, The Nice, Fun Boy Three, Chevy fins, Andy Warhol, the back of the blue bus, Hunter S Thompson, fear and loathing in deepest East London, unlike our flags, there was a once some hope in those stars and stripes. Now if only we could dump the Tories, the Daily Mail, the Royal Family and the whole Eton mess, God save the queen, we mean it maaannnnnn…..
These two pieces were painted on December 14th 2020, the day of the U.S Electoral College deceleration, both state that fact onthe back. Both are acrylic on canvas, 20cm x 20cm (and both can be found via the on-line shop)
“Untitled – Stripes No22” Acylic on canvas, 20cm x 20cm x 1cm, 14th December 2020 (the night Trunp was officially dumped)
The ongoing matter of repeating a theme