Oil, acrylic, luan, carpet, clothing, cotton, water putty, wood, glass eyes, hair, photograph on wood frame panel

185.5 x 244.5 x 6 cm (73 1/16 x 96 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

Mickey Mouse lies dead on the floor, shot by a bullet. The bullet hole is still smoking, suggesting that the murder has just taken place; actually, the murderer is still on the spot: Llyn Foulkes himself lowers the incriminated gun. A composite artwork juxtaposing oil, acrylic, pastel, but also cotton, piece of woods, carpet and clothing, Deliverance is a scene at the crossroads of photorealism, painting and cartoons.

Llyn Foulkes’ obsession for Mickey Mouse and Disney takes a radical shape in this painting. After years of associating Mickey with morbid figures, here the artist concretises his wish to destroy what he considers the symbol of brain washing perpetrated by the world of business and advertising.

Expressing sharp criticism of the moral decadence of his country, Llyn Foulkes’ Deliverance belongs to the Pinault Collection. This work was first shown at the 2013 “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.