Llyn Foulkes
American , born 1934
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Llyn Foulkes,
Sprüth Magers
New Museum
Llyn Foulkes: Bloody Heads,
Kent Fine Art

One of the original stable of artists at the Ferus Gallery in 1960s Los Angeles, painter and musician Llyn Foulkes’s considerable influence is often thought to be under-recognized. He is best known for his “bloody head” series, macabre paintings that depict mutilated figures, whose identifying facial features are obscured by blood, collages, and geometric shapes. Foulkes’s work, which encompasses landscapes, mixed-media assemblages, tableaux, and portraits, frequently delivers biting social commentary, targeting corporate America and the military-industrial complex. In The Corporate Kiss (2001), Mickey Mouse stands on a man’s shoulder and kisses him on the cheek; the harried-looking man, a self-portrait of the artist, appears to emit a sigh. Reinterpretating the biblical kiss of Judas, Foulkes presents a metaphor for the betrayal of art by popular culture. Influenced by music, as well …

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