Audition Painting by Thomas Brodhead

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Thomas Brodhead

United States


Size: 36 W x 24 H x 0.8 D in

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Ah…the agony, ecstasy, and bath salts of an audition. No beta-blockers here, just a fervent wish that the birds flying above aren't actually aircraft bombers waiting to drop their loads. But that's moot; a bomb under the judge's table and a sand-filled hour glass ensure a quick ending to this exercise in vainglory. Are the judges starstruck, or are the hollows in their eyes an assessment of artistic ineptitude? In either case, an empathetic cat channels the insecurity of the hopeful talent, or perhaps simply reacts in mute horror to the nearby snake. The artist here ponders the further devolution of mankind into cartoon characters, and presages a dystopic future in which humans return to a ridiculous natural state. With a style bridging the gap between photorealism and splatter, this painting poses the timely question, "Whither Fauvism?" (c) 2012 Thomas M. Brodhead

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:12 W x 8 H x 0.1 D in


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Thomas Brodhead overturns the accepted notion of art for art's sake by creating works in which the accompanying texts—epigrams of varying lengths—are integral to experiencing the Gesamtkunstwerk. With a style somewhere along the overlooked axis connecting Jackson Pollock and Norman Rockwell, Brodhead prefers a strong narrative element in art that elicits a double-take by the viewer. Tableau de Perplexite is his prime directive in the production of large-scale works of abstraction and whimsy. IMPORTANT: Every painting has a correlative text ("epigram") that should be read to experience the artwork as whole. See the painting and its epigram at

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