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Male figure painted in blue tones over a mass-produced ugly still life
(oil painting on canvas, 16X20, 2000)

"Born of flowers"

My grandmother used to say, "A man could be laying down during the day under only two circumstances: when he's very sick or dead." Originally "Born of Flowers" was a painting of a male model laying down. However, after I remembered my grandma's saying I decided to take pity on my creation and turned him into a man of action.

I created this artwork during a short time period when I felt that my mission in life was to recycle bad art. Back then I went to the Salvation Army stores and similar places to rescue art that I deemed salvagable. I painted over everything; ugly seascapes, mass-produced landscapes and garish Chinese made still lifes. The 'blue man' in particular was painted over a really kitschy still life.

I must admit that there are times when I ask myself if by a chance I've accidentally covered some unknown work by Rachel Ruysch or Jan Brueghel the Elder… After all 'true art' is a very subjective concept and who is to say that I'm a good judge of it? Who is to say that in the future some artist would not paint over one of my paintings? At times I wonder as to what will happen to my paintings after I'm gone. Would "Born of Flowers" be proudly displayed in somebody's living room or would it eventually be sold at a tag sale for a couple of bucks? I guess, it's good that I will never know the answer...

"Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with."
Kathleen Mifsud

"The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive."
Albert Einstein

"Men who don't understand women fall into two groups: Bachelors and Husbands."
Jacques Languirand