Outsider Art Painting Bruce Macdonald TV Head People
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The following item is a fabulous outsider art painting by Bruce MacDonald. The very vibrant painting features numerous people or figures, all having TV's or televisions as heads. Included in the people featured are Henry Kissinger and a group of Russians both in castle like turrets. There are numerous colorful flying banners throughout the painting. There is a TV headed court jester, a group of TV headed people pulling a wagon or cart that is also a television, and several more TV head people all throughout the painting. It was purchased with two other MacDonald paintings from a nightclub in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (no longer in existence) called O B Joyful's. While this particular one is not signed, the other two paintings were both signed by Mr. MacDonald and dated 1978. The style, technique, and subject matter are the same, so there is no doubt that this is from that period. It's done on a large plywood board and measures approximately 71 5/8" long by about 47 3/8" high. Good condition with expected wear. Some nail holes on the edges. Incredible mind and incredible work!Some biographical information from the web follows:'Bruce MacDonald is a self-taught artist who was born near Boston in 1944. He moved to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts in 1956. He has divided ways to visualize, one being influenced by the 15th century Dutch landscape painters, the barbizons and some of the 20th century American realists. The other is a form of social realism using cartoon-as-art to depict his expression of the late twentieth century human condition, based in the history of social satire/commentary from Goya, Hogarth, Daumier to the German Expressionists and the American Levines (Jack and David). His realistic landscapes are a sharp contrast to his unique style of social realism.Mr. MacDonald's work has been featured in illustration and advertising for Olgilvy & Mather, "Sports Illustrated", "Ski" magazine", Heekin and Associates, "Upcountry" magazine, U-MASS, General Electric and others, including eight children's books for Richard C. Owens Publishers, Inc.'
August 13 on Oodle