Untitled (Bloody Head)


Mixed Media

23.5 x 20.2 x 3.5 cm (9 1/4 x 7 15/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Untitled (Bloody Head) makes a man disappear under a cascade of bright blood, springing from the top of his head down to the white collar of his shirt. By mixing media in this strange portrait that reduces a head to a trail of red paint, Llyn Foulkes delivers a social commentary as scathing as it is ludicrous.

Part of the macabre world Foulkes developed after the unsettling view of an autopsied body in the morgue, Untitled (Bloody Head) is an eloquent critique of the “white collar” figure. Businessman or politician of a country Foulkes considers decadent, this blood covered figure embodies the morbid wish to see the moral order reestablished.

Emblematic of the first “Bloody Heads” Llyn Foulkes began painting in the 1970s, the painting Untitled (Bloody Head) belongs to the Pinault Collection. It was first shown at the 2013 “Prima Materia” (“Raw Material”) exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.