|Inks on Bristol / 2009|
Andy's blue collar Baptist upbringing formed a man with a unique blend of manly character and humor which found its way onto everyone's small screen at one point or another in nearly over the past half-century. From beginning on stage with comedy on the Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan shows in the 1950's to a television career spanning decades after, the actor's smile has been broadcast to infinity. This morning, the actor passed away at the age of 86 after a long career and several awards including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The portrait depicting Andy Griffith (and Don Knotts) was created for my Cult of Personality exhibit in 2009. Entitled the "Bad Boys of Mayberry," this pop surrealist depiction of the television characters draws from an old Dirty Harry poster as a reference photo for Griffith Yes, I know Andy didn't carry a weapon... this was a commentary of mine own device for the show. What happens when things get a little colorful and serious in Mayberry and the guns have to come out?
"If you think and feel what you're supposed to think and feel hard enough, it'll come out through your eyes and the camera will see it." -Andy Griffith