When I first saw this I thought it might be an image of Obama, in the style of Shepard Fairey, who created the now-famous "Hope" image. Upon closer examination I saw that it was obviously older, circa 1960's, judging from the label on the frame, which gives the artist as a Jim Moran of Visalia, California. The subject remains to me a mystery, but I wonder if it might be a famous 1960's African-American activist---or then again it might not be a black subject at all. There's an "Op-Art" element mixed with Shepard Fairey; this one is difficult to describe. The artist apparently used a thinned acrylic on a silk fabric that is very delicate. That fragility has led to some abrasions and two little tears in the fabric, as shown. There are a few other abrasion/scratches I haven't shown, appearing as the ones in the images, but there are only the two small tears, both of which are "lost" in the polka-dot pattern. The silk is unsupported and tacked to the wood stretcher. I can't find any information on the artist but he has created a work of pop art for sure, and a conversation piece. The dimensions as framed are 41" by 33". SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS NOW IN MY SHOP.
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