Johnny Cash Joker Oil and charcoal portrait of Johnny Cash as the Joker – reflecting on Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of the failed comedian in Todd Philips recent hit movie based in the70’s.
I made the connection between the two from Joaquin played Johnny Cash in the 2006 award winning movie “Walk the line”I’m drawn to the play on darkness behind portraits, stars from the centre stage in our pop culture, but from within lies a deeper story behind each great musician, actor, or icon. I attempted to capture the depth of mental illness and to honour the grit & pain behind stardom, a tribute to all concerned.
Johnny was created in deep layers of acrylic and oil paint on wood. To reveal the depth of the piece I slowly removed the layers thus exposing the wood grain to emphasise damage, a tarnished finish to highlight the depth behind the piece.
Oil portrait for sale on 23.4 x 33.1 inch / 6mm upcycled mdf wood panel (including stars and stripes frame)
23.4 x 33.1 inch