The uglier, darker older brother to ‘The Utopian’, this painting depicts the same general scene, made ugly by pollution and misuse. This painting does not photograph well due to the extremely textured nature of the canvas, along with the heavy linseed oil content of the paint itself. Every mark on this canvas was made with the pallet knife, with many layers of muddied paint folded into each other. The human structures clash violently with the dismal backdrop, and in fact are somewhat symbolic of scar tissue. As much as I wanted to hate the look and feel of this work, I ended up really liking the interesting textures achieved by the rough strokes of the pallet knife.


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