Tags: arte-fusion, artists, avant-garde, bruce-lee, kim-jong-il, murder, phil-hansen, video
It’s May 2nd, and as promised last month, it’s time to spotlight another talented artist.
Seattle-based Phil Hansen fits the bill. He’s quite different from the last couple of artists I’ve blogged about. While the others are speed painters with incredible skills, that’s only a small portion of what Hansen does.
Hansen uses a myriad of techniques, tools and materials from construction equipment to Starbucks cups. When you think “Modern Artist,” and perhaps even “Avant-garde,” this is the type you end up with.
He’s earned himself quite the controversial reputation by making a number of political statements with his artwork. From Rosa Parks to the KKK, from a homeless man to George Bush, he’s come up with some damned fine work and managed to get more than a few people thinking.
My personal favorite is entitled, “48 Women.” It’s a portrait of convicted serial killer Gary Ridgway, aka The Green River Killer. Up close, you’ll see that the portrait is made up of pixelated photos of a few of his forty-eight victims, including some which merely read, “Jane Doe.”
Hansen defended the painting on a 2004 news clip from KIRO:
Some people don’t want me to give more glory to him, more fame, more exposure. But at the same time, if we’d never do that, if we never see his face again, we’d forget those forty-eight women.
On to the timelapse…
In one of his more tame moods, he karate chops Bruce Lee onto the canvas:
Next up, in a work entitled “The Value of Blood,” Hansen paints North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il … yes, in blood. Kids, do not try this at home…
Be sure and check out Phil’s other videos on YouTube. And, of course, you’ll definitely want to check out his website at philinthecircle.com.
And, hey… if ya like it… Check out his store. 😉