Thursday, March 22, 2012

Simpler times-new Frankenstein portrait by David Gough

11" x 14"
Oil on canvas

As an iconic image used to the point of obsolescence by everyone from Warhol to Ron English, I realise that it's not bringing anything new to the table.
Except the image had a profound effect on me the first time I saw it as a child in 1974. Those hooded eyelids, looked the same as the Jesus monographs I'd been force fed at church and school, but here was man as god making a monster of his own image. Not that I could have articulated that, it was just hugely exciting to my young imagination and I must have scrawled it on exercise books and blotters a hundred times.

So why repaint it now? Because with just a few days short of my forty fifth Birthday, and five years from my half century, I find myself inevitably thinking back to simpler times.


  1. This is so awesome! Just out of curiosity, how long does it take you to paint your work?

  2. Thank you so much-this one took me around five hours, because I was copying from a photograph I know really well. Others like my largest piece-The Valley can take several months. It depends on drying time and how challenging the painting is.