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Uncle Skulky is overcome as he leers at an exquisite exhibiton of an old friend, from the series The Irreverences, Provocations, & Connivances of Uncle Skulky

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Frank Boyden, Uncle Skulky is overcome as he leers at an exquisite exhibiton of an old friend, from the series The Irreverences, Provocations, & Connivances of Uncle Skulky, 2003, color drypoint and spitbite with graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper, Gift of the Artist in honor of Jean Vollum, © 2003 Frank Boyden, 2004.3.12

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Title

Uncle Skulky is overcome as he leers at an exquisite exhibiton of an old friend, from the series The Irreverences, Provocations, & Connivances of Uncle Skulky

Related Titles

series (original language): The Irreverences, Provocations, & Connivances of Uncle Skulky

Artist

Frank Boyden (American, born 1942)

Date

2003

Medium

color drypoint and spitbite with graphite, colored pencil, and watercolor on paper

Edition

artist's proof; edition of 14

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 4 3/4 in x 6 7/8 in; sheet: 13 5/8 in x 11 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: none

inscription: In graphite, below platemark, l.l., "A./P/"; below platemark, l.l., artist's chopmark of four irregular rings around three dots representing and impressed seashell (see drawing in doc file); along lower edge, center, "Uncle Skulky is overcome as he leers at an exquisite exhibition of an old friend."

signature/maker's mark: In graphite, below image, l., "F. Boyden 03."

Collection Area

Graphic Arts; Northwest Art

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist in honor of Jean Vollum

Accession Number

2004.3.12

Copyright

© 2003 Frank Boyden

Terms

drypoint

drypoints

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

pencils

skeleton

skull

spit biting

watercolor

Description

As artist Frank Boyden's dark alter ego, Uncle Skulky haunts the edges of galleries, studios, and art exhibitions. Here he is overcome as he witnesses the exhibition of a colleague, Rick Bartow, who is suggested by the iconography. Boyden is a long-time friend of Bartow, but his use of the word "leer" suggests that perhaps Uncle Skulky’s gaze is tinged with competition or jealousy, as well as pride. As Boyden explains,

!T!Uncle Skulky allows me to explore things that are ephemeral !T!and sacred. He allows me to blaspheme others—to look into their !T!eyes and lives and work. He allows me to poke fun at those closest !T!to me and to raise up their accomplishments to satire or praise. He !T!allows me to puncture taboos and investigate love, lust, hatred, and !T!the insults of this wry world. He does not sanction or judge, but like !T!me is subject to all that I am judged by and subjected to.

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