These paintings use the visual language of European portraiture, street photography, and scientific documentation to viscerally illuminate, through content and gesture, ideas about masculinity, brutality, beauty, and the violent underpinnings of contemporary mainstream American society.
The ethical construction of male behavior begins inescapably in small ways from the earliest childhood. Through a combination of biological drive and consistent socialization, boys become habituated to inflicting pain or standing idly by as others do, and to collecting trophies of their exploits.
The paintings do not depict graphic images of violent acts, only their gesture and their aftermath. Through isolation, images are treated as icons and take on allegorical properties; objects for contemplation.