José Lerma - Contemporary Artists

King Charles II of England

King Charles II of England The Saatchi Gallery
 

José Lerma

King Charles II of England

2011
Nylon, acrylic on canvas

236 x 179 x 5 cm

The mammoth scale of his paintings is matched by the crumpled paper accumulations, that when erected within the gallery space, seem awkward imitations of traditional marble busts. Both the kitsch aesthetic and the references to popular culture heroes such as legendary boxer Emanuel Augustus alongside the ‘homage’ to ruling historical figures, suggest a multi-temporal approach to the eternal subjects of war, love and power that populate the annals of art history.

Text © Gabriela Salgado
 
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