Bulls Eye

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Jamaica Project

SUPER VILLAINS

White Noise

Patterns

Found

The Super Villain project is an on going series of portraits documenting some of the most influential and infamous political leaders of our time. I’ve always been fascinated with the elastic nature of the political machine and the impervious nature of a finely honed public image. The title of the series ‘Super Villains’ plays with the idea that one persons hero can be another’s villain.

To keep the project manageable I have limited the portraits to leaders who have held office within my own lifetime. Each portrait is painted in oil on canvas and captures an image representing an amalgamation of my own and a mass media interpretation of a particular figure. This has allowed me to subtly play with the popular perceptions of each personality in my composition. For example: Reagan, the Teflon don with his glinting movie star smile; Thatcher, proud and formidable, hawk like; Gorbachev, driven, single-minded, stone faced. Without creating caricatures I have tried to subtly inject individual characteristics that tell a little more than the official portrait might do.

The ground behind these figures has been painted white, paying homage to the attempted blank slate that the new decision maker takes on or creates and onto which they make their mark. The white background also suggests the haze of disinformation that surrounds many a public figure and the inference of other forces working behind the scenes, like wool being gently pulled over the eyes. The real story is on a strictly need to know basis for us non-members. The series as a whole is a reflection on the levels of transparency and the nature of a finely crafted public image. As the project has progressed many smaller narratives have emerged within it. Links are automatically created within groupings of figures offering up a bit of fun, much like a game of connect the dots with a who’s who narrative.


Bush Snr. by Robin Clare Putin by Robin Clare Yeltsin by Robin Clare Berlusconi by Robin Clare Mugabe by Robin Clare Reagan by Robin Clare Hussein by Robin Clare Thatcher by Robin Clare Bush by Robin Clare Musharraf by Robin Clare Bhutto by Robin Clare Castro by Robin Clare Chirac by Robin Clare Gorbachev by Robin Clare Blair by Robin Clare Milosevic by Robin Clare Mitterrand by Robin Clare Brown by Robin Clare Sharon by Robin Clare Arafat by Robin Clare Pinochet by Robin Clare

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Bush Snr., Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Putin, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Yeltsin, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Berlusconi, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Mugabe, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Reagan, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Hussein, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Thatcher, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Bush, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Musharraf, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Bhutto, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Castro, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Chirac, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Gorbachev, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Blair, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Milosevic, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Mitterrand, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Brown, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Sharon, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
Arafat, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm

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Pinochet, Oil on Canvas, 40cm x 40cm
© Robin Clare