The life of artist, photographer, traveler, and writer Steven Boone. Steven was born in Chicago but now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. His paintings are widely collected, and also included in the permanent collections of the US Department of Interior and The Foundation Van Gogh D'Arles, in Arles, France.
Boone lost his daughter to cancer when she was nineteen. His award-winning book, called "A Heart Traced in Sand" recall his experiences with her living and dying.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
A Bizarre Thought
Political Hangups oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches
It all started with a
bizarre thought that came to my mind many years ago in 1993. A couple of faces
hanging from a clothesline like laundry hung to dry. I had no idea
where the mental picture came from or why it arrived in the moment. I was
driving on a lonely road on the way home from working at my art
gallery. Another odd thought arrived on its heels;
that I must paint it.
The painting I made
promptly exhibited and sold. It was all so curious that more were
created. Most arrived in the span of a few years. During
twenty years over thirty paintings came. Many sold, but they were on
the verge of madness and often took quite long to be bought—if at
all. I remember having a show at my gallery, called Hangups.
front room was filled with them.
A young woman worked for me and had
an uneven temperament. She could drink heavily at times but was quite
brilliant. The show lasted for two weeks and she worked at a desk in
the same room. The day the paintings came down and were replaced with
landscapes, she almost cried tears of relief. I was surprised, and to
this day remember her reaction. They are not easy paintings . . . I had to quit at one point because I was becoming mentally
unbalanced. I discontinued showing them but made a collection.
last time I made one was over six years ago. This year, with the
election heating up here in America, and the two candidates, Donald
Trump and Hillary Clinton seeming to be ubiquitous and constantly in
the news, I ventured to make another Hangup painting with the two of
them. Now that it is done, as people see it they laugh. It breaks the
serious fighting that has been part of the issue of these presidential elections . . and casts the whole matter in a humorous if not
I am sure some
people will not find the new painting funny. That has been true all along. The paintings cause reactions—either you laugh or get mad.