Thanksgiving, Oil on Canvas, 2003
John Currin is a controversial figure painter that uses beautiful technique to create images that beg to be questioned and dissected. They often have heavy sexual overtones and play to the American sensibility of stereotype and judgment. There is a hint of Norman Rockwell in his use of narrative and some of the stylized surface of Maxfield Parrish.Homemade Pasta, oil on canvas, 50 by 42 inches, 1999
'It is interesting to me that people feel automatically guilty, kind of uncomfortable, when they look at that painting. An image of two men has a strange authority, an ability to make liberal people cringe and get nervous about what they are going to say....'"
LINK to interesting essay on his work.