Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The Convicted is a series of portraits based off of mugshots collected from various sources on the web. Each painting blends elements of realism with techniques influenced by vintage commercial art such as military propaganda posters or children's storybooks, to create a unique contemporary pop art aesthetic.
The stereotypical college stoner, with a shaggy aesthetic and burnt out gaze makes for an easy target of an imperfect judicial system during trying times. He escapes a fear of prison and the unknown through his extensive knowledge of pop culture. A champagne glass of créme de menthe, he recalls, is a drink of choice amongst mobsters preparing to serve time. In Kurt Vonneget's novel, 'Cat's Cradle,' a cocktail is invented by a bartender on the day of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing. The drink, titled, 'End of the World Delight,' fills a hollowed out pineapple with créme de menthe and whip cream, topped off with a cherry.
Julius Bautista is a Filipino-American Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about science, psychology, and philosophy. Since pursuing a BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has worked in various artist collectives with the goal of increasing accessibility to the arts. His work, a contemporary mix of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide. His portfolio can be found at juliusdcbautista.com.