Clownish

This piece was my second Island painting. At the time I thought of it as my clown painting,

Robert Linsley, Island of the Burning Tar Pits 1998

Robert Linsley, Island of the Burning Tar Pits 1998

and clowns – from Bruce Nauman to Paul McCarthy – were very present in art at that time. In painting, Gary Hume’s “Snowman” was in the back of my mind.

Gary Hume, Snowman

Gary Hume, Snowman 1996

But which of these pictures is more “conceptual,” and which more “abstract?”

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