Eric Kuns, “The Menagerie” 1989, Acrylic on Canvas, 36″X48″.

This is #4 of a series of 12, 3X4 ft. acrylic paintings done >20 years ago. [Note: I actually did all but 3 of these before I started at UCLA. During my first semester I had a painting class in which the teacher rejected this style because it was figurative, and she made abstract work.] I started each by just smearing some brown and white paint and then finding images in it and slowly realizing them and putting them in color. I would stop when the images were clear enough, but wouldn’t fret over the small details.

It wasn’t deliberate, but after the painting was done my brother pointed out that the man in the background looked like Captain Pike from the Menagerie of Star Trek. He was right.

Captain Pike from the Star Trek, The Menagerie.

I was originally going to call it “The Thing With Two Heads,” but someone dissuaded me. I like the fluorescent bulb across the top and the acid green color. The influence of Francis Bacon is palpable.

Close up of the two heads.
and closer

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