Hey Good Looking (After Poussin's The Choice of Hercules)
Oil on canvas
245 x 336 cm
Martin Maloney’s Hercules is one hot stud: Rod Stewart hair, chest merkin and red Speedos. Like in Poussin’s allegory, he’s pulled two birds, Vice and Virtue, and now has to make a choice. He’s already in like Flynn with Vice: a hot-tomato single mum with Christina Aguilera’s taste in clothes. But his eyes are leaning towards the Olivia Newton-John goody-goody – she’s gonna be no easy task. It’s Maloney’s contemporary twists that make this painting especially funny: Poussin’s finely rendered drapery is substituted with a beach towel, Vice’s sweet cherub’s transformed into a latchkey brat. A little divine romance for the high street.