WARNING: Really hideous "art" ahead! Please vote for your favorites in the comments section (if you get that far without clawing your eyes out).
|The rodeo clown, after the show.|
It's no secret that I frequent places that harbor typewriters, bits of old technology, interesting books and other cultural breccia. Bad black velvet art fits the latter category. As strange as it may seem, my heart goes "pitter-pat" when I find a particularly grotesque piece in an antique mall or thrift store. These are few from the last year or so.
I'll start with one of the classic themes: the Bullfighter. Once upon a time in America, people had Mediterranean inspired furniture and art in their living and family rooms - kind of like a really old Mexican restaurant.
The Bullfight is by far the most common black velvet theme I run across. Some of it is quite expressive. I just can't quite imagine it on a modern living room wall except as an intentional bit of irony.
The majesty, I tell you.
Sadly, at some point the bull must be dispatched. I'll move on to other sporting events. Horses-in-motion is another recurring theme. This one also happens to be the ever popular Romanticized Native American genre.
The Romans really knew how to throw a party!
Ripping off famous cartoon characters is also good sport. Some prefer track and field events.
For some strange reason, I've run across three slight variations of Snoopy playing baseball. Those eyes... they haunt me.
Elvis is the most famous black velvet portrait cliche. I've only seen a few, but for now I'll share a kinda scary rendition of The Duke as Rooster Cogburn.
Yeah, I think black velvet portraits will need their own post. That would be good for mid-winter when cabin fever is setting in.
If you made it this far, count me as very impressed! You have amazing intestinal fortitude and impressive intelligence as evidenced by the fact that you can still read after losing many IQ points. Maybe you should relax and have a drink. Just so you know, even black velvet creatures get tired and need a rest!
Really, someone actually painted that bunny creature and someone presumably hung it on a wall. Come to think of it, he kind of reminds me of Senator Kevin, the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse, from the comic strip "Prickly City". Maybe he spent an evening with Hunter S. Thompson.
I wish I could say something profound about the redemptive and emotionally powerful nature of velvet art. But the world doesn't always work that way. Sometime bad art needs to be enjoyed for the kitsch relic that it is. Rest assured, I cannot avert my gaze from the velveteen beauties and will share more in the future. Thanks for reading. I look forward to your snarky comments.