Paint by Numbers Extravaganza

Bad Boy, Eric Fischl, 1981

Our good friend, Clement Mok, recently sent me a link to this wonderful museum, paintbynumbermuseum. I love the DIY aspect of this. These paintings brought making art into the living rooms of much of the population that would never typically paint. The subject matter is especially telling. The innocuous American landscapes, sad clown, girls with giant eyes all share the trait of working very hard to not be offensive or off-color in any way. But I imagine if you’re working on your painting in your rumpus room, circa 1955, you don’t want to make a painting like Eric Fischl’s Bad Boy

Bad Boy, Eric Fischl, 1981