Details and commentary on Bare Knuckle Brawl

Art & criticism by eric wayne

This is a large format digital painting that can be printed 4 feet wide at magazine cover quality, and 8 feet wide at poster quality. It’s in a style reminiscent of classic American painters such as Edward Hopper and George Bellows, though that wasn’t exactly deliberate. It started as an experiment working in a different approach than my last work, which was extremely methodical and included a fully realized black and white drawing phase. Here I never made a drawing, and just started directly with color. The imagery is loosely based on a real fight I discovered in a YouTube fight compilation. I took multiple screen shots, reassembled and recombined them, invented a background, and reinterpreted them to create my own scene which never occurs in the actual footage. It’s essentially about the eruption of violence, spectator-ship, voyeurism, and contemporary culture at large. It fits within my…

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