Art Gallery: “William S. Burroughs”

This is another contribution from one of our loyal readers, Pat Moen. The painting is approximately 60×60, done with spray paint, latex house paint, and accidental blood.

“This is a portrait of one of my favorite authors of all time.  Anyone reading this who may be unfamiliar with Mr. Burroughs’ work is strongly encouraged to read a few of his books with an open mind.  It was meant to be something of an impressionist piece, not in the color theory sense of the Impressionist masters, but in a more emotionally impressionist sense.  If anyone recognizes the photo this was drawn from and knows the name of the photographer, please let me know so I can credit the source for this image.

*In the spirit of Mr. Burroughs’ work, I chose to be less than sober while painting this in a dimly lit basement.  All was going well enough until I got impatient while trying to open an old can of paint and applied way too much force on the chisel I was using to pry the lid up.  It skipped off its mark and sunk squarely into the palm of my hand.  Not wanting to lose momentum with the painting, and figuring it par for the course while trying to channel Burroughs, I clenched my fist to compress the wound and continued working.  Though too small to see in this photo, I noticed dozens of flecks of blood had dripped onto the fresh paint when I took a break later. Oh well, it suits the subject and adds an unintended visceral creepiness for viewers who get up close to the painting. Six years later and I still have the scar from that night.”

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William S. Burroughs

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One Response to Art Gallery: “William S. Burroughs”

  1. judithatwood says:

    Wow! You captured his face so well. Nice portrait!

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