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Henry Miller: Man on Fire by Conrad Stryker
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The guy was a genius. He burned. Brightly.

Everybody knows the famous novels: Black Spring, the Tropics, The Rosy Crucifixion. All good. But I’ve recently come to the conclusion that one of his lesser known works, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, is, in fact, that mythical object … the ‘Great American Novel’. Or, ‘The Great American Road Novel,’ in any case. It encapsulates the true face of this country I was born into in ways nobody else has ever approached, and does so in that inimitable Henry Miller style – long, wild tracts of colorful language and startling imagery used to strike down to the very marrow of any given issue he’d choose to address.

This was painted one night in late January, ‘09 – between the hours of 1am and 2 am. It’s just now dried enough to attempt a scan.

Oils on 8″ × 10″ canvas panel.

Original: SOLD

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cancer, capricorn, henry miller, literature, tropic of, writer

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  • darkestartist
    darkestartistover 5 years ago

    i have to say that I love the work you are doing! LOVE IT.

  • dani05
    dani05over 5 years ago

    Stunning Conrad, colours, texture and brushwork is master class..

  • gurgie
    gurgieover 5 years ago

    really nice work!

  • trand07
    trand07over 5 years ago

    I’m enjoying the impasto. Nice painting dude.

  • Varry
    Varryover 5 years ago

    Conrad,this is a fantastic portrait to say the least….fantastic!!!

  • scrapinarkigirl
    scrapinarkigirlover 5 years ago

    WOW oh WOW this is truly a work of art. Know of him and what a great tribute. also looks just like a proffessor in a little community college in El Dorado AR I’ll have to send this to him and tell him to buy it. LOVE the colors but did you use a brush or fingers?

  • ambient-1
    ambient-1almost 5 years ago

    Stunning work of my favorite author! I loved Air Conditioned Nightmare as well. But I’ve never read a Miller book that I didn’t absolutely adore! Kudos on the marvelous work!

  • Nascha
    Naschaalmost 5 years ago

    Genius. I agree. wonderful work. x

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    Elisabeta Hermannabout 4 years ago


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  • Anthony DiMichele
    Anthony DiMicheleover 2 years ago

    great portrait. i have read everything he wrote! and i too have a deep regard for the ACN.

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