Annals of Bad Art
Recently an amateur artist tried her hand at restoring a century-old painting on a church column in Spain. The pictures below show the results of her attempt:
Over the years, the work began to deteriorate, as shown in the second image. According to the Centre de Estudios Borjanos, the unnamed amateur artist (without permission from the church, needless to say) thought she could improve the work and set to work with paints and brushes. The third picture is the result.
But wait…here comes the good part:
The BBC Europe correspondent described the painting’s current state as resembling “a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic.”
This reminded me of a classic from back in my college days, a book called Thrift Store Paintings by Jim Shaw. Thanks to Shaw’s deadpan descriptive titling of the works, I was able to find the book again on amazon, by googling the memorable title of one of the works, seen below:These works are bad, but at least they’re fun. I would consider hanging some of these in my house. Not so for our third subject, the Thomas Kinkade of the teabagger set, Jon McNaughton:
This is titled The Empowered Man, because as you can see, Joe Sixpack has just wrestled the sacred Constitution from the evil clutches of Black Hitler, as previous socialist presidents look on in alarm, while True Patriots™ (standing behind the man on his right, natch) applaud. This is from what McNaughton calls his “Patriotic” gallery; noted art expert Sean Hannity claims to be a collector of these fine works, which include others showing Black Hitler setting the Constitution on fire, standing on the Constitution, being showered with money while an audience in chains looks on, and etc. Dude’s about as subtle as a sledge hammer; in one painting he’s got Kim Jong Il standing in the background behind the Kenyan Usurper. His technical painting ability surpasses that of the two previous subjects, but not by all that much – check out the kneeling, praying man in the image above. I think that’s supposed to be James Madison, but it looks more like
Newt Gingrich Antonin Scalia in a wig to me, or maybe some TV preacher. Also note how he’s placed Dubya in with all the socialists (though he has given him the bloat appropriate for a guy who’s back on the sauce).
His other stuff ain’t much better. He reveals himself to be a member of the Kinkade school with his “cottages” collection and his “temples” collection (yes, he is a Mormon). Maybe on Kolob this shit is recognized as fine art, but here on Earth, it’s just shit, and the people who buy it deserve to be fleeced even more than the people who bought Thomas Kinkade’s hobbit fantasy crap. At least Kinkade redeemed himself somewhat by pissing on Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland. It just makes me happy knowing that Sean Hannity is one of the rubes he’s fleeced, though of course Hannity lacks the self-awareness to recognize he revealed himself as a hayseed by publicly proclaiming his enthusiasm for this crap.
I’ll take hairy monkeys in ill-fitting tunics any day.