Samuel C. Guy, “The Chess Players”, Date Unknown, Oil on Canvas, 152.4 x 152.4 cm
Samuel C Guy, who lives and works in Boston, explores topics that address the human condition such as masculinity, childhood, growth, and the existential. His work utilizes the figure as a means of discussing these themes. Through the manipulation of the subject, the surrounding references, and use of text and symbols he creates imagery that is at once enigmatic and contemplative.
Guy is also known for injecting satire and absurdity into his work, often making direct references to art history, both classic and modern. The resulting layers of meaning tap into and challenge the knowledge brought to the work by the viewer. Guy has moved towards a reduced palette, bringing an implied darkness, and cynicism to otherwise humorous or lighthearted paintings.
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