Mason Storm, ‘Boys In The Hood’, 2014, Julien's Auctions

Framed: 39 x 33 in.

Boys in the Hood is a sardonic tongue-in-cheek juxtaposition that invokes thepreconceived notions of 19th century painting to shock the viewer. Reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting rife with nostalgia, what at first looks like an innocent scene focused on two Caucasian boys reveals itself to be much more sinister. The two barefoot youths, dressed in britches, caps and pressed cotton button-up shirts, huddle close to the white picket fence, admiring their painted handiwork, which serves as an explicit yet eloquent message to the local law enforcement: “Fuck The Police.” Painted in oil and framed in an ornate gold frame, which further encourages the viewer’s disbelief of the incredible scene, Boys in the Hood delights in the irreverent.