Hunter II

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Hunter II (oil on canvas 91 x 60cm)

The subject in this piece appears at first glance to be a stoic tribal or ancient warrior, protected by a battered and brightly adorned armoured mask and with a trophy fur making him reminiscent of a Roman Centurion. The dramatic composition and costuming are effectively subverted however by the warrior’s choice of totem for his headdress. Where we might expect to see a wolf or lion’s head, we see a rubber duck instead.

This device attempts to show the viewer that the traditionally masculine adornments/ behaviors we might accept culturally may more often than not be superficial and even foolish if we allowed ourselves to view them from a truly objective vantage.