Acrylic and mixed media on panel,
48"h x 36"w, Item No. 19090,
I have always wanted to create a portrait of David Bowie: a personal favorite and considered the most influential musician of the 20th Century. There was no one like him: he was utterly original and unique in everything that he created. In addition to being a musician, dancer, visual artist, writer, and actor; Bowie as a true Seeker: his creative work was driven by a deeper poetic inquiry. Thus, he shared many of my own interests: in Buddhism, Beat poetry, gnosticism, and mysticism, for example. He also leveraged his fame in the service of anti-racism and anti-facism. For all these reasons, Bowie perfectly embodies the theme of my new series.
The portrait is also part of a future traveling exhibition of the love & art & travels— & the teachers & teachings they were rooted in— of my late partner Anthony Hassett & I.
All the ‘post-consumer waste’ layered into the background references his life and work: torn rock posters from Berlin and Sydney; storefront fashion offerings from Kenya and Nigeria; empty floodlight boxes left behind from a Buddhist procession in Luang Prabang.