Mixed Media

38.1 x 33.2 x 5.1 cm (15 x 13 1/16 x 2 in.)

Placed off-center in the juxtaposition of frames that support it, the 3/4 frontal portrait of a man wearing a suit seems at first harmless. But the treatment of his face is more like skinned or burnt flesh, and his hair seems to blend in the composition's blue-gray tones.

Following up on Bloody Heads, a motley series of bloody, morbid portraits created in the 1990s, American artist Llyn Foulkes revisits the same theme almost two decades later. In Dear Lacma, he continues his experimentations on the role of the frame, mundane materials (stationery) and the deliberate confusion between painting, drawing and photographic reproduction.

Dear Lacma is part of a series of a dozen artworks by Llyn Foulkes held in the Pinault Collection and presented together in the group show À Triple tour (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.