Join the Club


Mixed Media

34.9 x 30.5 cm (13 3/4 x 12 in.)

The view of this disfigured man is deeply disturbing: why so much violence on this face, reduced to a bloody pulp? The only information that explains this pictorial violence resides, perhaps, in the cross that hangs from his neck and tells more about this man’s identity, clearly a devoted Catholic.

In creating Join the Club in 2007-2011, Llyn Foulkes continues his macabre exploration begun in the 1970s with his famous “Bloody Heads”. These mutilated heads are the result of an original painting technique, which produced an oddly realistic treatment of human flesh. By progressively degrading the image of religious figures, as in the work Helen in the Pinault Collection, the artist wants to denounce their flaws.

Llyn Foulkes’ painting Join the Club was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2013 “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.