Portrait Head Paintbrush Tree

  • Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack), Portrait Head Paintbrush Tree, 1991, mixed media: bottlecaps, paintbrushes, and paint on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase, 1992.10

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Mr. Imagination created sculptures from discarded bottle caps, paintbrushes, pieces of wood, and industrial sandstone. The regal heads in many of his sculptures were inspired by a vision the artist had in which he looked in the mirror and “had a flash of myself in a regal outfit with a crown or some type of headdress on.” His sculptures often resemble trees or totems, and in this piece, bottle caps blanket a tower of wood, topped with a cluster of paintbrush heads.

Portrait Head Paintbrush Tree
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65 1/8 x 22 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (165.4 x 57.8 x 47.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Mediums Description
mixed media: bottlecaps, paintbrushes, and paint on wood
  • Portrait group
  • Fantasy
  • Figure – head
  • Object – foliage
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