This original acrylic painting portrait of Beat generation writer William S. Burroughs was inspired by a series of letters written to Alan Ginsburg which were later published as "The Yage Letters".
WSB was writing from South America regarding his search for a drug known as Yage to help break his chronic dependence on heroin. Yage was said to have the ability to induce a telepathic state in the user.
In this piece I tried to convey a sense of tribal contrast against the facade of Burroughs' somewhat conservative appearance. I have always seen Burroughs as a man of many contrasts. This piece is an exercise in conveying contradiction.
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