Ansel Krut, ‘Arse Flowers in Bloom’, 2010, Saatchi Gallery

About Ansel Krut

Explaining, “I try to create strange juxtapositions in my work, to build a kind of contradiction in pictures,” Ansel Krut draws from classical portraiture and cartoon imagery to create his zany paintings, in which he wryly upturns the history of painting and its conventions. Though his compositions seem as if they were dashed off, Krut always begins with carefully composed sketches, which he translates into oil-on-canvas. Combining still life and portraiture, with references to Cubism, Futurism, abstraction, and vintage cartoons, his paintings personify objects and objectify humans. Krut cobbles together food, flowers, and an assortment of objects to suggest faces and bodies, and imbues such things as fried eggs and toilet paper with human qualities. In all of his work, he aims to set up a confrontation—his characters stare right back at the viewers who stare at them.

South African, b. 1959, Cape Town, South Africa, based in London, United Kingdom

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