SAINT. DESIREE. CHARLES.
A primary portrait of one of the funniest TV legends of all time, Lucille Ball. The overall portrait references 9 pop culture saints and the design is a homage to the great painter Chuck (Charles) Close.
Although googling saint yields 1000’s of examples of “saint data” and I believe that there no longer exists a hierarchy in the idea, definition or example of a “saint”, I do believe that there is a universal familiarity in a variety of “Saint” icons. The 9 Saints referenced in the piece include: Saint Nicholas, The New Orleans Saints, Saint, Bernard, Marylin Manson’s song Saint, Mt. Saint Helens, Saint Francis, Saint, Lucia, Yves Saint Laurent, and Saint Saiya.
Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedienne, model, entertainment studio executive and producer. She was the star of the self-produced sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy, as well as comedy television specials aired under the title The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Ball's career began in 1929 when she landed work as a model. Shortly thereafter, she began her performing career on Broadway using the stage names Diane Belmont and Dianne Belmont. She later appeared in several minor film roles in the 1930s and 1940s as a contract player for RKO Radio Pictures, being cast as a chorus girl or in similar roles. During this time, she met Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, and the two eloped in November 1940. In the 1950s, Ball ventured into television. In 1951, she and Arnaz created the sitcom I Love Lucy, a series that became one of the most beloved programs in television history. The same year, Ball gave birth to their first child, Lucie Arnaz, followed by Desi Arnaz Jr. in 1953. Ball and Arnaz divorced in May 1960, and she married comedian Gary Morton in 1961.
Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter, artist and photographer. He makes massive-scale photorealist portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Close also creates photo portraits using a very large format camera. Even though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint. The diagonal circular overlay ion the piece is a homage to his style of painting.
The mash up of this pop data creates anew Icon. SAINT. DESIREE. CHARLES.
34 x 34 inch GLASS: The glass can be mounted to the wall via 4 one-inch standoffs (included). Negative or white space is transparent. Light reflects multiple translucent shadows onto the wall creating a 3d optical illusion and giving the pieces a sculptural feel.