The First Nightmare - Timeless
100 x 100 x 8cm
Stencil spray paint and broken clock on canvas
Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes it just comes out of the darkness like a lightning bolt .
Somebody in the USA went to a Halloween party as a ghoulish playboy bunny girl with a bullet hole in her forehead. I saw the image on Myspace and I liked the tears on the face and I asked if it was okay to use that image for a piece called DEATH MASK.
A bit later when I was making an image of Liz Taylor, I recreated the drips on the face and made the second in the nightmare series, which was just before Liz Taylor died.
Now I spend a lot of my time painting tears on portraits, inspired by that first jpeg on Myspace.
Pure Evil explains that a chance email from a Chinese “copy village” gave impetus to his “Nightmare Series.” The village offered, via email, a list of artists it could reproduce, including three Andy Warhol paintings. The idea of Warhol’s entire artistic output distilled right down to three small 64 x64 pixel thumbnails of Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and an Electric Chair became the inspiration for these doomed and dripping celebrity portraits. Why are they crying ? “Its an illustration of the heartbreak and sadness we have all experienced in relationships in the past.”