John Wesley, ‘Phone’, 1982, IKON Ltd. Contemporary Art
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John Wesley

Phone, 1982

Oil canvas
60 × 72 in
152.4 × 182.9 cm
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Los Angeles, Santa Monica
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Signed, titled and dated “John Wesley ‘Phone’ 1982” (on the reverse)
John Wesley
American, b. 1928
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John Wesley traces fashion and news images from books and magazines as the basis for his highly stylized acrylic paintings. While he adopts the flattened forms and bright colors characteristic of Pop art, his style is often seen in line with the formal tenets of Minimalism espoused by Donald Judd and, somewhat paradoxically, to the Rococo, whose “casual, libidinous allegories” the critic David Hickey credits Wesley with reinventing. Rather than critique consumerist culture, Wesley’s cartoonish paintings, inspired to an extent by René Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico, celebrate fantasy and express human fears and desires. They reference popular culture (especially the comic strip “Blondie”), but fix “on the neurotic, erotically inclined psyche of the American male, with its rage and frustration, longing and loss,” according to New York Times critic Andrea K. Scott.

John Wesley, ‘Phone’, 1982, IKON Ltd. Contemporary Art
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Signed, titled and dated “John Wesley ‘Phone’ 1982” (on the reverse)
John Wesley
American, b. 1928
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John Wesley traces fashion and news images from books and magazines as the basis for his highly stylized acrylic paintings. While he adopts the flattened forms and bright colors characteristic of Pop art, his style is often seen in line with the formal tenets of Minimalism espoused by Donald Judd and, somewhat paradoxically, to the Rococo, whose “casual, libidinous allegories” the critic David Hickey credits Wesley with reinventing. Rather than critique consumerist culture, Wesley’s cartoonish paintings, inspired to an extent by René Magritte and Giorgio de Chirico, celebrate fantasy and express human fears and desires. They reference popular culture (especially the comic strip “Blondie”), but fix “on the neurotic, erotically inclined psyche of the American male, with its rage and frustration, longing and loss,” according to New York Times critic Andrea K. Scott.

John Wesley

Phone, 1982

Oil canvas
60 × 72 in
152.4 × 182.9 cm
Contact For Price
Location
Los Angeles, Santa Monica
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