Duncan McAfee

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Paintings (2018)
2017
Red Wine, paint and ink on heavy watercolour paper on birch plywood, 3ft x 4ft

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Francis in Exctacy (after El Greco)
2 / 8
Bunny Girl No.1 (after Matisse)
3 / 8
Bunny Girl No.2
4 / 8
Paul Fed by The Raven (after Il Guercino)
5 / 8
Mother and Child
6 / 8
Seated Woman (after Picasso)
7 / 8
Big Bird
8 / 8
Bad Boy

These large format paintings are not strictly a series but were made alongside each other. Each evolved over around 8 moths. Starting with the chance action of spattered red wine, the surfaces were then reworked through a series of self-sabotages and rescues, evolving the images in a continual game of consequences.

The resulting characters developed into transpositions of classical paintings (El Greco's St Francis, Barbieri's St Paul) mis-remembered and confused with contemporary cartoon motifs and elements of modernist paintings history. The result is a sort of schitzo-painting, hovering between meaning and absurdity, straddling, decorations and perversion, grotesqueness and comedy.

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