Yage Letters (2015)
Acrylic painting by Matt Pecson


  • Acrylic painting, Canvas
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  • Size: 48 × 60 × 1.5 in (unframed) / 48 × 60 in (actual image size)
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Matt Pecson

United States

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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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High Quality Acrylic Paints, Paint Pen, Gallery Wrapped Canvas

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