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Everyone knows what 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words' means, but what does a picture of a 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words' mean? Especially with 1/2 the letters painted over each other? Difficult question. Man has always painted words: Egyptian hieroglyphs and Chinese characters are basically word pictures. Illuminated manuscripts of the Medieval period were high art. Then, as language increasingly began to rely on phonetic alphabets, words and images became divorced from each other. Until, that is, the modern art world - Warhol, Lichtenstein, Basquiat et al - forever looking for the next big wheeze, hit upon the painted word again. Surprisingly some of the best typographic manipulation comes out of Switzerland, where Wolfgang Weingart became known as the Swiss Punk Typographer. Frenchman Phillipe Apeloig's poster work is also highly innovative. I was a writer in another life, and being able to combine painting and writing at the same time just seemed a natural progression in my career. This picture of 'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words' belongs, along with most modern word pictures, I suspect, in the Neo-Ironic branch of this art form. (Would make a good diptych with 'Art is art. Everything else is everything else.')

Materials used:

Acrylic paint

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Steve White from Netherlands

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