F**kART: A study in ‘Real Politik’

A study in ‘Real Politik’ (2010)
Painting by Numbers in Acrylics on canvas board from a photograph

Charon demonstrates here a technique not often used by artists these days. In the good old days the artist would have hidden himself in a darkened room and used a Camera ObscuraCharon did not wish to paint while hanging upside down like Holbein , so used 21st century techniques to roughly the same effect…except he made it even simpler for himself.  Here,  he takes a photograph from the net of a popular politician, faffs about in Photoshop to make it easier to paint later, and then, using a restricted colour palette and a ‘painting by numbers’ technique, produces a graphic image of a popular politician in the prime of his decline.  It was then a relatively simple matter to stick a speech bubble on with glue.    It may be that this ‘work’ will attract international interest and will be priced accordingly when Charon returns from the bar in Chelsea where he has now gone to reflect upon the meaning of art, life and the text he had from a well known footballer who sent him a picture of his penis.  As I am neither gay nor a football fan I can only assume that the footballer is (a) both (b) thinks I sing in a girl band or (c) can’t work his mobile.

4 thoughts on “F**kART: A study in ‘Real Politik’

  1. So are you able to place well known Liberals into the crude chromatic countours of this piece? If Nick Clegg is at the centre of the concentric rings, then where do I place Simon Hughes?

    On the subject of Photoshop, much innocent amusement can be had by trawling through the following


    I do hope they can prove these were produced with the aid of PhotoShop. Adobe are in they are in the running for the award for the most futile attempt to stop a registered trademark becoming a generic term. This is where you’ll find Adobe’s lawyers playing King Canute.


    Here’s a sample quote

    “The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun. The Photoshop trademark should always be capitalized and should never be used in possessive form or as a slang term. It should be used as an adjective to describe the product and should never be used in abbreviated form.”

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