Dangerous dancers

Abstract painting - Dangerous Dancers
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I am a wild man. I have done many wild things. This is a painting of a scene from ‘back in the day’.

  • My early abstract paintings were often quite small and done in a relatively short period of time. I would spend an hour or two and wait for the paint to dry. The next day a little more work. Often something of this size would have only taken about ten hours to paint.
  • I often tried to use forms to indicate movement. I have taken this approach with my paintings of the last few years to a whole nother level. The paintings I do today are signifigantly more complex and visually interesting.

Dimensions: 20x27cm.
Painted: 2008.
Materials: Acrylic on MDF board.

It is sold framed behind glass.
Availability: For sale $200.

The story behind Dangerous Dancers

This particular painting shows a hardcore punk gig at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda circa 1986. The band – Arm The Insane stand on a stage belting out some of the loudest, fastest, most distorted music you are ever likely to hear. The singer is shouting anarchist-themed lyrics, and the crowd loves it.

The band isn’t the focus here though, in the center of the image is the mosh pit. There are a hundred or so men, and a few women, who are thrashing and stomping about wildly, their arms and legs are going in all different directions, slamming their bodies into one another. There are skinheads, punks, metal-heads and an array of all kinds of weirdos going hell for leather in what to some might seem like a sort of restrained all-in brawl. Every minute or so a member of the audience climbs up onto the stage and turns to take a flying leap to land on top of the mosh pit’s frenzied dancers.

The wildness of this scene was something to behold. It had such a tremendous impact on me that more than twenty years after it happened I set about creating an abstract expressionist work of art to communicate a sense of being there amongst it all.

Note: I am in the background of this painting pashing on with a hot skinhead chick who has a pentagram tattoo on her skull.

Abstract painting - Dangerous Dancers - Detail 1
Abstract painting – Dangerous Dancers – Detail 1
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Abstract painting – Dangerous Dancers – Detail 2
Abstract painting - Dangerous dancers - Wall mockup
Abstract painting – Dangerous dancers – Wall mockup

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