Attila Richard Lukacs

Calico Boys

1999
Recalling the tradition of the nude in the landscape, "Calico Boys" presents a gathering of men in a pastoral setting. Lukacs is known for his large-scale group portraits of male subjects that explore homoerotic subjectivity. Seated in a meadow of flowers that partially camouflage their bodies, the men appear reflective, their relaxed pose suggesting a leisurely escape from the modern world alluded to by distant electrical wires and buildings. The white picket fence zigzagging into the distant hills evokes a sense of separation from, as well as proximity to civilization. Mountain goats and trees in the rocky hills are fantastically disproportionate while a fox in the foreground meets the viewer's gaze. AT right, the bound child-like figure that is suspended by a rope held within the "fingers" of a palm-like tree inserts an unsettling element into this idyllic scene.
Title
Calico Boys
Date
1999
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil, tar, and enamel paint on canvas
Dimensions
255.2 x 315 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Helen and Joe Lukacs, Calgary, 2002
Rights
© Attila R Lukacs
Accession number
41149

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