Return of Scrooge

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Bernie Madoff's head surrounded by written commentaryVia Matt Taibbi's blog, I discovered the website of artist Geoffrey Raymond. A dedicated portrait painter, Raymond creates drip paint portraits of Wall Street's wealthiest and most nefarious characters, then invites the public to write comments, or annotations, on them.

His portrait of Bernie Madoff, shown here (view hi-res version here), contains annotations such as: "'Behind every great fortune there is a crime.' --Honore Balzac," "It's a proprietary strategy. I can't go into great detail," and "Prick, you screwed your family, your friends, good people, sleep well!"

Raymond has solicited annotations from the public by standing on the street, attending events and through his blog. In an interview about his work, Raymond states why he chose to make his paintings using an interactive process: "One of the reasons I paint the way I do is the idea that I provide an opportunity for people to have a say in sometimes catastrophic events over which they have no control -- even if it's only a sentence or two on a painting."

Raymond further notes that the annotations give each painting a documentary quality, with insights into a particular period of time on Wall Street. He also likes the way the strokes of the pen look. I agree. With their contributions from the public, I think these paintings would be a good choice for display in an open setting. Next to the guillotine, perhaps?

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You should commission a work of Nixon's portrait...

Interesting that you mention Nixon! I was just a few days ago thinking to myself that I need to own a black velvet painting. So I went to this site where you can buy them already made or have one commissioned. They had a whole section of different Nixons ready to ship. But then I noticed they had a section of all happy clown paintings and another of all sad clowns, too. That's when I realized that what I really want to commission is a portrait of Nixon wearing sad clown makeup.

If you ever do it, make sure to post about it on your blog!

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