Pierce Brosnan stars as DC's magical superhero, Doctor Fate, and its human host, Kent Nelson, in Black Adam.
I painted Earplugs at Leavesdon Studios in England in 1995, while filming GoldenEye. Leavesdon was originally owned by the Ministry of Defense and had been used during World War II to manufacture the Mosquito Fighter and the Halifax Bomber. We were the first film production to make a movie at Leavesdon. My dressing room had once been part of the executive suites. The room filled with winter’s light; it was a perfect art studio. However, it was bloody cold in January; hence I was often wearing a leather jacket. This would be my home for the next six months.
When shooting action sequences, the prop master would hand out packets of earplugs; on the back was an illustration of “how-to” put them in your ear. I found the infographic to be intriguing, amusing and engaging. I wanted to see if the composition would work as a painting. I had long admired Roy Lichtenstein’s ability to organize a graphic element into a painting and amplify the mundane into a bedazzling image. This became the inspiration for a 48 x 48 inch painting where I rendered my interpretation of the “Earplugs” by hand.
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