Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday Artfest: Swap Meet Sally by Robert Williams

Swap Meet Sally by Robert Williams
Like so many of Robert Williams' paintings this one shows the inner life of its subject. In this case we get to see Sally writhing nude in the piles of money she imagines her antiques and junk will bring her in the future while the gibbering, greed demons cavort around her feasting on her imaginary money.

One of the things that I love about Williams' works is that his people always look plastic and false while all of the material possessions of their lives tend to look realistic by comparison. I've always imagined that this was done because Williams wanted to show that the things we value in life, our idiotic junk, are meaningless when compared to what we hold within ourselves and that when we forget that they become more real then us.

What do you think?

2 comments:

  1. That is very cool. I'll admit my first real introduction to his art was his "Appetite for Destruction" featured in the Guns & Roses album. But he has a trippy cool vibe to all his work.

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    1. I had forgotten that he was in that album!

      My first introduction to his work was through his Juxtapose magazine. It used to be really good too, and then he realized that if he wanted to keep it going it was going to need advertising . . .

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