|Blurbarian Since||May 2009|
|My Web Site||www.artreview.com/profile/davidstephenwillis|
David Willis' recent body of work examines how the language of commercial advertising and celebrity culture dominates our contemporary imagery.
Willis constructs his own marketing slogans and utilises elements of graphic design in his painting’s compositions, which are populated by incongruous creatures of humour and intrigue. His handling of violent expression, contorted figures and oblique text creates divergent meanings through their union.
The use of sex in mass media promotion, film posters and image consumption all give definition to Willis’ painterly hand; utilising the same pictorial marketing techniques to parody and isolate the power of this capitalist dictated imagery.
Willis’ art refers to the tradition of still life; the omnipresence of death shadowing the existence of the sublime notion of celebrity. The latent sexual language in his painting acknowledges the continuing dominance of the male viewer in art.
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