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This painting depicts the the gay (LGBTQ) pride in Istanbul in 2017. The march got banned in 2016 'for the safety of our citizens, first and foremost the participants’, and for public order.' Read more: It does not look like the authorities will actually allow tha march in the near future.

This painting is inspired by James Ensor's 'Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889'. The composition including several important elements are transferred and altered from Ensor's masterpiece. Jesus is replaced by a drag queen, the soldiers are replaced by a police force just to name a few elements. Feel free to analyze and compare the two paintings.

About Bad Painting Phase 2
Bad Painting Phase 2 is series of (seemingly) badly executed paintings. As crude & dilettantish as the work sometimes seems, it is often very complex in terms of composition and use of colour. The deliberate 'wrong' use of colours, distorted geometry and in general amateurishly painted pictures explore all these components as well as what a successful picture is and not is. Despite the title of the series, I attempt to create successful, well balanced workd.

In terms of content and themes, the work in Bad Painting, phase 2 deals with possible present day and future events & situations, mirroring my own fears and joys. I am interested in exploring Appenzell peasant art (Appenzeller Bauernmalerei), the works of David Hockney, Lubaina Himid, Henri Rousseau, James Esor & Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses) to name a few. As I my general practice focues on process more than anything else, I have decided to include both, the successful and unsuccessful paintings.

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Istanbul Pride 2017 (2016)


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This artwork is sold by Jay Rechsteiner from United Kingdom

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