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1970s, acrylic and aerosol paint on canvas, 38 x 48"
Collection Barbara & Janet Liles
1970s Goya, Rembrandt & George
Liles continues his war theme with abstract interpretations of political and social issues. Joining a host of artists who appropriate the past to comment on the present, he creates Postmodern renditions of famous paintings of conflict and war.
In his versions of Washington Crossing the Delaware, Goya's famous anti-war painting, The Third of May, and Rembrandt's, Belshazzar's Feast, Liles' technique becomes more modern and his imagery more abstract. Replacing brush painting with spray paint, he uses tape and the resist shapes of found objects to create line and pattern. He also incorporates florescent and spray metallic paint, which he had used in Paris, years before.
By referencing the past, Liles creates layers of meaning. Though his images are contemporary, the conflicts they portray have a history of repetition.
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