- Enamel on canvas
- Purchased 2004
- Reproduced with permission
- 420 x 1705 x 20mm
In this work, from his 1998 series I Want To Be Your Slave, Paul Johns looks to Western art’s representation of Christ and the Christian martyrs and saints. Untitled is similar to many Italian Renaissance images of the dead Christ. Paul’s work also references pop artist Andy Warhol, whose photographs reflect an obsession with the ideal representation of the male figure in art history – Paul, too, is interested in cultural stereotypes.
This prone figure has a sense of vulnerability, is tender and erotic. Encountering this image, which brings together historical and contemporary readings of the body, we are challenged to assess our own thoughts on sexuality, death, devotion and desire.
(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )