2 Dogs--3 BANDSMEN; and camera

  • Jon Serl, 2 Dogs--3 BANDSMEN; and camera, 1963, oil on fiberboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.138

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Jon Serl lived an isolated life in Capistrano, California, avoiding interaction with other people whenever possible. He never planned his paintings but just put down on the canvas whatever came into his head, describing each one as a "discovery" (Robert L. Pincus, "The World According to Serl," The San Diego Union, January 18, 1987). This image of three figures and two dogs was inspired by a group of young boys who were pestering the artist. To keep the children occupied, he told one of them to lie on an old piece of board.

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"My paintings are not complicated, but they have a soul in them." Jon Serl, "Inside the Outsiders," Art and Antiques, Summer 1990

Title
2 Dogs--3 BANDSMEN; and camera
Artist
Date
1963
On View
Dimensions
overall: 69 1/4 x 22 in. (176.0 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on fiberboard
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Animal – dog
  • Performing arts – music – band
Object Number
1986.65.138
Palette
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