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Socialized Purity
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Socialized Purity Painting

Mike Tucker

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Wood

Size: 17.7 W x 24.8 H x 0.3 D in

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The subject of this painting is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He is known to have written extensively about the Soviet gulag system of which he was imprisoned in the 1930s and 40s. This painting is taken from a direct photo of him within a prison camp. I found this picture when studying the recent history of eastern Europe. I discovered alarming gaps in my knowledge of this subject. The almost accusing stare is what struck me the hardest.

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Painting:Oil on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:17.7 W x 24.8 H x 0.3 D in

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STATEMENT/THESIS 2014: "I have an affinity for film grain which possesses a nostalgic quality for me. I grew up watching television on VHS tapes before the 'High Definition’ age and the act of painting film grain is my way of creating a metaphor for a near-obsolete analogue medium which is slowly losing the battle with high definition television. Grainy images have a way of characterizing memories and nightmares in real life, which in itself is a paradoxical quality, in that the clarity of truth is saturated in grainy obscurity and not high definition."

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