Dennis Burton

The Game of Life

1960
Inspired and motivated by an African sculpture show at the Isaacs Gallery in Toronto in September 1960, "The Game of Life" reflects the impact that this had on Burton. Painting sexual subject matter broke through his inhibitions, personally and socially, but there is humour in this painting: the work is conceived as a large game board with each square containing the pieces of the game. Burton started making images of genitalia for the first time in his painting "Smokeshop Sex Marauder" (1960). He is known for his typological explorations of all subjects that fascinate him, including women’s undergarments, as featured in his series "Garterbeltmania", which was exhibited at the Isaacs Gallery in 1965.
Title
The Game of Life
Date
1960
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
137.4 x 198.3 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1968
Rights
Photo © NGC
Accession number
15444