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Blue Mountains, Australia

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This is a pop art, abstract painting of a retro 'Uno' playing card.

For the past few years I've been fortunate to have a lot of success with these textured, layered reinterpretations of pop icons. The original inspiration came from Jasper Johns' 'Flag' series of paintings, wherein familiar imagery is transformed by thick layers of paint and energetic brushwork.

The blue is a rich combination of semi-transparent ultramarine and cerulean, built up in layers. The surface is thick and impasto, with a gloss varnish. Drips and spatters and signs of overpainting are part of my visual approach. Please note that the sides of the canvas are painted, and it is ready to hang without framing.

These bright, fun paintings will look great in any room.


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