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"Den of Foxes" (oil on wood, 24"x18"), my painting for the Bad Dads show at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Now that the show is open I can show you the finished painting! Bad Dads is a Wes Anderson tribute show where artists are to depict/re-interpret their favorite characters or scenes from any of his movies.
I was really excited to be asked to participate in this. I love Wes Anderson’s movies and not only did I get to re-watch all of them, but I got to dig around and research what went into them. His movies are loaded with symbolism and personal touches. Working with such rich worlds was fun and also challenging, because I wanted to get it right while at the same time making it my own.
The setting of Den of Foxes is taken from a scene in Hotel Chevalier with the addition of Mr. Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox. It happened because, once I had chosen the scene from Hotel Chevalier, I felt like I was objectifying the nude Natalie Portman - what was my purpose for painting her this way aside from purely aesthetic reasons? So, in turn, I set out to objectify Jason Schwartzman. He became an animal in a suite, which led to him becoming Mr. Fox. From there I was able to layer the stories and make a painting that can be taken lightly, or seriously in the sexual dynamic that it explores.
It is currently for sale through Spoke Art (spokeartgallery@gmail.com) and is on view until Nov 24/12. Feel free to contact them or myself (mandytsung@gmail.com) with inquiries and questions.

"Den of Foxes" (oil on wood, 24"x18"), my painting for the Bad Dads show at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco. Now that the show is open I can show you the finished painting! Bad Dads is a Wes Anderson tribute show where artists are to depict/re-interpret their favorite characters or scenes from any of his movies.

I was really excited to be asked to participate in this. I love Wes Anderson’s movies and not only did I get to re-watch all of them, but I got to dig around and research what went into them. His movies are loaded with symbolism and personal touches. Working with such rich worlds was fun and also challenging, because I wanted to get it right while at the same time making it my own.

The setting of Den of Foxes is taken from a scene in Hotel Chevalier with the addition of Mr. Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox. It happened because, once I had chosen the scene from Hotel Chevalier, I felt like I was objectifying the nude Natalie Portman - what was my purpose for painting her this way aside from purely aesthetic reasons? So, in turn, I set out to objectify Jason Schwartzman. He became an animal in a suite, which led to him becoming Mr. Fox. From there I was able to layer the stories and make a painting that can be taken lightly, or seriously in the sexual dynamic that it explores.

It is currently for sale through Spoke Art (spokeartgallery@gmail.com) and is on view until Nov 24/12. Feel free to contact them or myself (mandytsung@gmail.com) with inquiries and questions.

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