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The Apotheosis of the Old Gods Painting

Michael Tole

United States


Size: 30 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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About The Artwork

This painting is currently available at Shockboxx Gallery on In this painting, I apply Rococo pictorial rhetoric to the most macho aspect of American popular culture, football, as a social/artistic experiment. In it, the male body is treated decoratively, and placed in a mystically ambiguous setting, reminiscent of Boucher and Fragonard, who are usually coded by art history as painters with a feminine aesthetic. By so doing, I seek to create a place for the male form in the category of "The Beautiful," which our culture tends to reserve for women to the intentional exclusion of men.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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BORN: 1979, Dallas, TX AWARDS: 2010 and 2008 London International Creative Competition; Shortlist; London, UK 2007 Hunting Art Prize, $50,000 Cash Award, Hunting Ltd. Houston, TX 2006 Kimbrough Grant, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: Carter, Steve. "Unrealistically Speaking", Modern Luxury Dallas, pages 58-59, November 2009 Baker, Kenneth. "Photo-realism at Caine Schulte", San Francisco Chronicle, page E2, January 2009 London International Creative Competition Annual Catalogue, January 2008 Odom, Michael. "Michael Tole at Conduit Gallery", ARTFORUM, page 476, September 2007 Daniel, Michael. Guide Live, Dallas Morning News, Guide page 20, May 25, 2007 Gaile, Robinson. "THE CREATIVE LIFE" Fort Worth Star Telegram, May 13, 2007 Michael, Granberry. "Irving painter wins $50,000 prize" Guide Live, Dallas Morning News, page 2, May 2, 2007 Tellez, Leslie. "Five to Watch: Artists on the Verge", Dallas Morning News, May 30, 2007 Anspon, Catherine. "Good Will Hunting" Paper City Magazine, page 6, July 2007 Mitchell, Charles Dee. "Michael Tole at Conduit Gallery", Dallas Morning News, June 2007 Patricia, Johnson. "Irving artist wins prestigious award" Houston Chronicle, April 30, 2007 Terranova, Charissa. "Paintings by Michael Tole", Dallas Observer, September 30, 2004 "Painting the Town", D Magazine, page 30, September 2002

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