Museum II (T-Rex)
I was one of those kids. You know the sort- my seven- times-tables were a real challenge but I knew twenty dinosaurs with names longer than the alphabet. Of course, when I was a child, dinosaurs were still dim-witted creatures, dragging their tails along the ground and often living in water to support their massive bulk. All wrong. They were fast, dynamic creatures and, as it turns out, many of them may have warm blooded and sported feathers- the Tyranosaurs probably included. Because I’m still coming to terms with the latter, I’ve omitted such embellishments here.
I was aiming to supply an atypical image of a dinosaur. For the most part the figures are ignoring it and the T-Rex, itself, isn’t positioned to titillate the viewer. I wanted a certain casual air to the painting, something incidental and off-hand while at the same time monumental. I was aiming to mirror the experience one sometimes has in these places.
As for the real-life model for the T-Rex, he’s about 20cm high and lives in my living room. As I keep telling my wife, buying toy dinosaurs is a legitimate, tax deductible, activity…