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PURE GOLD: 24 KARATS RE-E-VALUATED

The breakdown of a system of values is virtually impossible, yet no person place or thing exists if it cannot be compared to the ‘other’. Understanding socio-political, economic and cultural worlds and their interconnectedness becomes increasingly abstract when comparative value statements are formed within the endlessly evolving strata of value systems.

This series of paintings considers the many different types of value found in 24 prominent figures of society. The range of individuals is diverse, from scientists, world record winners, and athletes, to celebrities, singers, deities, and heads of state.

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PAINTING TITLES (in sequence of left to right, top to bottom):

Approximately Three and a Half Centimeters Squared of Angelina Jolie’s Lips, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Brad Pitt’s Jowls Circa Benjamin Button, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
The ‘Unlimited edition’ Nether dimensions of Thomas Kinkade’s Light of Freedom painting, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
One twentieth of Andrew Vicari’s Lune Rouge painting (oil on wood) magnified to the power of four, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Nineteen Swan Feathers & 2 Lotus Flower Petals belonging to Goddess Gayatri, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Norse God Odin’s Symbolic Borromean Triangles Etched in an ancient Viking boat, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Bolshevik hair from multiple velvet communist-red flocked capitalist Stalinesque busts, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Omar Al Bashir’s lips, after allegations of genocide and after kissing the black stone of at Mecca, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Five and a half rings of Queen Elizabeth’s crown, complete with pearls, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Approximately 1/3 of HRH King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz’s Kufeya & Igal, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Ingvar Kamprad’s ‘common sense’ pipe, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Liliane Bettenourt’s Crowsfeet, because she is worth it, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Larissa Semyonovna Latynina’s Gastrocnemius, soleus, tibialis anterior, and extensor digitorum longus, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Michael Phelp’s pectoralis major, biceps brachii, and deltoid resting on a line lane in an Olympic sized pool, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Nearly Equal portions of Mother Teresa’s Blue and White ‘Habit’ of the Missionaries Charity, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Approximately eight centimetres of Mahatma Gandhi’s Metal Rimmed Glasses, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
A section of the left butt cheek of Beyonce Knowles’ designer jeans that Jay-Z bought for her, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Approximately four centimetres squared of Michael Jackson’s nose: post-surgeries, pre-mortem, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Barack Obama’s Red Tie Knot Post his ‘Yes We Can’ speech, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Approximately 20cm2 of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Desert Storm Military Vest & Beige Powersuit, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Three of scientist Elizabeth Blackburn’s Tetrahymena ciliate protozoa magnified times 400, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
A gaze through the eye and into the NKS (New Kind of Soul) of scientist Stephen Wolfram, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
A five times magnified microphone, ode to Fran Capo, the world’s fastest Talker, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value
Approximately 20 hot dogs – Paying homage to Guinness World Record Champion Takeru Kobayashi, 2009, 19 X 19 X 3cm, materials: acrylic paint on Wood & added value

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