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fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly
may 21, 2012
fabulous depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes by scott scheidly


‘kim jong-il’ from ‘portraits: a series of ‘fabulous’ depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes’ by scott scheidly, 2012
8" x 10",  14"x 16" with frame 
acrylic on wood
all images courtesy spoke art

artist scott scheidly of florida, USA, had developed portraits for four notorious or influential
public figures of the 20th century
with an emphasis on their more feminine sides. adolf hitler, kim jong-il, joseph stalin and pope john paul II have all been re-imagined
by scheidly in shades of pink and purple outfitted by accessories such as dangling earrings, jewel uniform detailing and leopard print
scarves complimented by hearts, flowers and unicorns. the series is the artist’s painted reinterpretation of these feared/revered patriarchs
as he substitutes their hyper-masculine attire with objects, symbols and colors that are considered hyper-feminine.

though the viewer may recall the horrible achievements of these men when gazing upon their likeliness, in this instance, their typical portrayal
as being uncompromising beacons of masculinity and the centerpoints of ruthless regimes has been undercut by juxtaposition of lightened shades
while still pictured in their classical portrait poses. scheidly’s painted series attempts to highlight the single dimensionality of a lone, patriarchic
person in power– those who have subjected millions of people to their tyrannic rule without breaking his starkly masculine
exterior– by introducing
their undeniable humanity or duality in giving each male figure of power a layer of feminimity to contrast their typical portrayal.


‘hitler’
print on archival giclee 300# hot press paper
11" x 14"
ed. 20


‘stalin’
12" x 16", 17" x 21" with frame
acrylic on wood


‘pope’
16" x 20" oval, 23" x 27" with frame
acrylic on wood

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