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The Sun Also Rises (2005)

36" x 48"
Oil paint, varnish, rhinestones, and lack of duct tape and posting tape on canvas

This was a commissioned piece for Matt Fischer and Renee Danielson. After sitting down with them in their new apartment and discussing what they liked in artwork, looking at how they decorated their home, and from what I know about them, I brainstormed. Sitting next to a pool in Zihuatanejo, I began to recreate the cover of Earnest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises," which had a blurry photo of a bullfighter. I drew that underneath as the first layer of this painting, and if you look closely enough, you might be able to make it out - either in charcoal or in the abstraction of colors.