The Motorcycle

Drybrush Watercolour on 300 lb Paper,
76 cm x 97 cm (30" x 38")
(Private Collection, Ontario)

This is another painting from the artist’s Cabbagetown period that is fundamentally iconic. The Motorcycle, along with Fairway Variety, is one of the major pieces from this transitional phase that led to the Window Series. Although there is no explicit window frame, the bike is pictured as a deluxe human artifact, a saleable item which produces human identity. Contemporary people have a set of stock associations about masculinity that are conveyed immediately by a motorcycle: the painting is, like the later paintings of mannequins, a portrait manqué.


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