Oil on canvas.
Based on several Velasquez paintings but not one in particular. Duncan DeMorgan plays Velasquez in the centre. J Roni Moe of the Urban Voodoo Machine in the green man. Joe Le Tropic far right. Self portrait with medusa wig and paintbrushes. Jonny Cashunut as the white faced clown, who caught himself on fire with the absinthe during the photo shoot. Velasquez often painted dwarfs. Not knowing a living dwarf at the time that I painted this, I used an old photo of Lenny Fowler.
In the background, Marissa Carnesky is sawing her husband Rasp Thorne in half. Sympathy Bucket and Fluffy play tranny prostitutes, and Melissa Reardon serves the drinks.
A macabre banquet with family heirlooms on the table. The olive in the skull’s eye is a reference to a real person who lived with a corpse named Olive. The chalice was a wedding present to my parents, and was used at my wedding to Sexton Ming. The teapot my aunt Ruth got on holiday in some exotic country in the 1950s. And the soup tureen was my great-grandmother’s, made in 1898.