Spatter Painting No. 21…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s financial forecast is for everyone to suddenly realise that they have wasted their lives, and that money isn’t really worth all the effort.

Good morning everyone. I thought that today we’d… Excuse me… You!… You at the back, please put those phones away, or you will be removed from this lecture…
Yes, right… Well, today we’ll be looking at another of Mr Whatt’s famous ‘Spatter Paintings’ – this rather fine example is Spatter 21, painted, if that is the right word, back in the dark days of 2015.

Spatter 21... (29 x 20)As you see it is a good-sized work on paper, 29 inches by 20 inches, which, complete with its mounting and frame, it is far too large for the living room of a middle class home; no wonder he didn’t sell many during his lifetime – and who back then would want such a splattery bright thing on their wall anyway? Imagine the acute embarrassment when friends came round and the owners would be required to explain why it was there. Of course now these works are changing hands for many thousands of dollars, euros, and yuan.
Hey! Be quiet at the back! I heard that!…
This carefully articulated piece obviously deals with violent conflict, both political, physical, and emotional. The red from the left confronts the green from the right. Whatt would never explain his work, and was often quite rude when asked to do so, but I think we can assume that what we see here is the innate aggression between capitalism, which strangely in this case takes the colour red (heavy irony at play here!) and the sudden upsurge in popular support for environmental issues, which was rapidly gathering momentum back in the early 21st c..
See how the spiky spatters of bloody red fly over the heads of the plucky gentle greens and… Hey you!… You at the back! Where are you going? I don’t care if you’re not interested – sit down again, or I’ll come up there and sort you out! You dumb-ass cocky dullards! This is great work I’m sharing with you!… Just wipe those sneers off your faces and sit down!… Teenage bastards!…
Now, where was I?…


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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4 Responses to Spatter Painting No. 21…

  1. Chuckling away at your commentary!

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