"Spaghetti Western" - Acrylic


Ringwood, United States

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This is my “Spaghetti Western” circa 1985 acrylic painting and it is one of my signature pieces, that was worked on over the course of that year. It has been displayed several times since inception, but never any more prominently than for a month in a window installation at the Emerging Collector Gallery on Second Avenue in NYC’s East Village in 1989. Before this time, a solid pine, wooden frame had been constructed. In 1988, the REAL (fiberglassed golden) spaghetti topping was added to it and finished off with sparkling golden metallic enamel. A convertible sculpture (not-pictured) was added in order to hang the painting in a large street level picture window, and this also featured the portraits of two purple friends) who had helped out by posing for several parts – hands, etc.) in the artwork. My self-portrait side of this fairly symmetrical composition, was known at the time as “Flint” as in Clint & Flint" and shows my red tube of acrylic paint squeezing out from the tube in 3D, and in your direction and an artist’s paintbrush loaded with red paint in the other hand. On the “Clint” side is a sheriff with a silver badge who has just fired a Samuel Colt handgun as the smoke still emerges from it’s barrel. The original Louis Vuitton, circa 1880’s wooden trunk was added in 2006 and contains a removable insert/tray filled with a giant pile of Gold (fiberglassed spaghetti) that the 19th century westerners cherished, and actively sought. This is my self-portrait and contains a portrait of Clint Eastwood from the Italian, “Spaghetti Western” movie days, or just slightly afterwards, such as “High Plains Drifter”. This painting although seemingly straightforward, is an allegory for a story of my struggle and decision to become an artist. It is not so much about making money as it is about not making it. The painting features fine detail and subtle blending of colors and has a Kangaroo Rat, Scorpion, Bald Eagle, Road Runner and Horned Toad as the high desert animal life pictured within. Besides the animals, are cacti and plant-life from the desert region that can still be found in Arizona. This setting is inspired by and actually found in many 20th century American western genre movies and television shows that I grew up watching. In or around 1985 when I was 28 years old, I wrote a letter to Clint Eastwood and sent a photo of the painting. He sometime later responded by producing and starring in two final westerns “Pale Rider” and “The Unforgiven”, with the final movie garnering him an Oscar winning performance. The 48″ × 56″ framed artwork and the 30″ × 17″ (when closed) sculptural trunk displays matching gold spaghetti. Louis Vuitton’s signature locks, brass handles and rugged construction, which was to make him famous are intact and functional. The painting and trunk combination will fit very well on an 8 foot, or larger wall and will command the attention of anyone who sees it.

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