Lincoln

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Painting is about 20"X16", acrylic on oil or acrylic stratched canvas, painted over an existing painting. Text says, ‘Our First Gay President Was A Republican Who Loved The Theater!"

You may be thinking to yourself, now where the heck did this come from?! Mrs. Breen and I were having dinner with a friend last weekend when he told us about his relationship with his mother, who sounded kind of like an older Ann Coulter. She hadn’t come to visithim, ever, as she disapproved of his same sex partner, whom he has been together with for over 20 years. She also disapproves of Massachusetts, liberals, Gays, the President, and everything that isn’t leave it to beaver.  While this has been swirling in my head, I’ve been inundated with Lincoln news since it was the 200th anniversary of his birth on the 12th. Around this time I read an article about a book by C.A. Tripp positing that Lincoln was gay. This would mean the perhaps the greatest president the US ever had, a Republican, was gay! The book has been around since 2005, I don’t know how I missed that one.

I had this Hockneyesque portrait kicking around and he said, "Lincoln is just all right with me!" so I went to work. The theater masks he holds are African masks, in honor of the Great Emancipation and the stars hold obscure symbols related to Lincoln. I made a Lincoln hat in one, which then reminded I should also put a hat on Lincoln, but a tiny jaunty one. All the portraits I’ve ever seen of Lincoln or anyone from the era show them with a serious facial expression. So I hung an ill-fitting smile on him, giving him a break from the depression he is rumored to have suffered from. I kept most of the hair, the shirt and the nose from the original portrait, and ‘Lincolnized’ the eyes. They are the original eyes, just enclosed with different shaped Lincoln lids.

The color on this painting is more vibrant than appears here.

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Smelly Valentine Breen

This is a rebreen of a lightly hastily breened valentine I gave to my wife in years gone by. As you cn see from the first photo, I was racing the clock before she woke up and of course, after a chuckle, the painting ended back up in the studio, where it has languished ever since. This painting is not intended to make fun of the old and smelly, among whose numbers I count myself, but to lament the loss of romance which seems to accompany middle age smelliness. I love this portraits puppy dog eyes, so I turned him into an old dog, although he also looks like a giant rabbit now.

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Curing Art

Painting is 24"X20", acrylic on oil or acrylic canvasboard, painted over an existing painting. Text says, ‘Nurse Nancy Doesn’t Know Art…But She Knows How To Cure It!’ Also, ‘Art Morgue, Room for 1 more honey!’This kind of painting would usually fall under the umbrella of quirky portraits I would not touch, being pretty perfect as is – but the vast yawning spaces of brown around her proved too enticing! I goof on post modern art and do a pretty good copy of a sick pirate (draw for talent test!) from The Art Instruction Schools. Also note the Twilight Zone reference(often haunting my works) and an Ozymandias self-portrait at the bottom.

This painting is already sold.

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