The 12 Steps

This series of twelve narrative paintings of drunks and junkies attempts to bring a more personal face to addiction, illustrating some all-too-familiar scenarios of alcohol and drug abuse. I am a recovering alcoholic/addict with over thirty-two years “clean and sober”, thus aware that the issue affects huge segments of the population, either personally or in relationships. Therefore these are both universal and personal statements, combining humour/pathos in themes common to the disease. I’d like to both shock and amuse the viewer, familiarizing them and in this way desensitizing the issue, and ideally removing some of the stigma. Most alcoholics can say “been there, done that” on far too many of these scenarios, so in recovery there’s as much laughter as tears at our common stories…

In terms of content “The 12 Steps” hearken to Edgar Degas’ “The Absinthe Drinker” and Edouard Manet’s “Un Bar Aux Folies-Bergeres”, among others. The titles in sparkling letters are reminiscent of Byzantine mosaics and early Christian reflective surfaces. “Glitter as it were with rays of light”, a visual allusion to the illusory beauty, drama and flashiness promised – but rarely delivered – by drugs and alcohol.

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ZZZZZZZZ

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Where’s The Car?

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You Have The Right To Remain Silent

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Life of The Party

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I’ll Be a Little Late

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Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty

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Public Indecency

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Ladies Night

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Uhh, Will You Take A Check?

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How Do You Spell Relief?

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Who Are You?

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Seclusion