Mitchell Foley Artwork Details


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Painted in six layers, Cocaine for Ben is representative of how the drug cocaine washes over reality with its own layers and influence to create what is perceived as a new, fast paced and delicately detailed reality, often with pleasant accentuations for the individual.
The real work of the painting is beneath and between the layers, and this speaks to the superficial but subliminal effect that the drug engenders. I have purposely refrained from moralising comment with this piece as it is intended to generate intelligent discussion on the important and broad social issue of drug use. Ideally, I envisage this painting hanging in family homes where the questions it raises are most pertinent.
Ben is a 16-year-old family friend who in 2005 is a healthy, well-adjusted young man with no drug related problems, despite having been unceremoniously kicked out of his family home by his own mother.

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