Duncan Butt Juvonen / English

Duncan Butt Juvonen, Bad Hair (Pelee/Pompei/Poodles/Mutts), ink on canvas, collage, acrylic wall painting, 73 x 73 cm, 2017

Bad Hair

Bad Hair mixes graphic diamond shapes, an erupting volcano, a comic strip, a postcard, performing poodles, dressage and a magazine cover and features a conversation between two walls.

The show features a work titled Bad Hair (Pelee/Pompei/Poodles/Mutts), a painting of the eruption of Mount Pelee in 1902. This brutal earthquake killed 30 000 people in under a minute, engulfing the city of Saint-Pierre in a 1075 °C cloud of steam and gas. It appears here at a safe distance, frozen as a fungal broccoli head squatting over the previously "bald mountain" (in French Mount Pelee, Montagne Pelée,means "bald mountain"). It is painted in a poisoned green monotone offset by a pink diamond shadow, like a golfing sock.

The double cloud squatting over Mt. Pelee is then echoed in an image of a circus performer´s plumed hat and her cloud-like trained poodles, a comic strip with a dog huffing out clouds of condensation and a postcard of a faun frolicking in the remains of Pompeii. The work mixes beauty and death and humour in a series of mental hiccups.

Duncan is a British artist who has been living and working in Finland for around 15 years. Duncan´s graduated with a distinction from the master´s programme of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2009, having studied his bachelor´s degree in the UK. He has exhibited internationally in 11 countries, exhibiting in various galleries and national museums, and has been awarded numerous awards and grants.

Duncan Butt Juvonen CV
Duncan Butt Juvonen, artist's website

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