Dead Universe

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
125 × 125 cm framed

H31279 Dead Universe

What does it mean to be immortal? For those who bear it, immortality is a double-edged sword, offering one both the ability to cheat death but also the curse of eternal life. In Dead Universe, Johnny Romeo explores the notion of defying death through Marvel’s very own undead enfant terrible, Deadpool. With tongue firmly in cheek, Romeo skilfully captures the rapid-fire humour and bloodstained sarcasm that has made Deadpool such a beloved icon in the comic book world. The painting depicts the wise-cracking anti-hero as a regal aristocrat in an elaborate Tudor period piece emblazoned with his own insignia, cleverly playing on Deadpool’s agelessness and his ability to withstand the ravages of time. The hilarious juxtaposition between the royal Elizabethans of yore and the new mutant who can never die is further highlighted in the text assemblage ‘New Mutant$’, which references the first comic book appearance of Deadpool in issue #98 of ‘New Mutants’. Issues of legacy and cashing in on celebrity deaths are also touched on through the artist’s inclusion of the dollar sign and its amusing commentary on Deadpool as the ultimate cash-cow for the Dead Universe, whose ability to kill and be killed again and again will lead to endless film sequels. Romeo brilliantly alludes to another killer, this time airborne, through the concealment of the phrase ‘New Pollutants’ and its nod to the Coronavirus being spread through the very air we breathe. Deadpool’s ability to triumph over death in this sense is no longer tied to his superhuman powers, but more practically to the superhero mask he wears to avoid contracting Covid-19.


Johnny Romeo is an internationally acclaimed Australian painter. Considered Australia’s leading Pop artist, Romeo is spearheading the global Neo-Expressionist Pop movement with his electrifying collision of rock’n’roll swagger, comic book aesthetics and street art. Described by GQ Magazine Australia as ‘part punk, part pop’, Romeo’s Kitsch Pop works are explosive sugar rushes of Technicolour imagery and urban grittiness that are turning heads worldwide.

Read more about Johnny Romeo

Shipping will be calculated at checkout. See further options below.

Free Collection:

For all fine art purchases, free collection is available from our Gallery in Seaforth.

Shipping & Delivery Options:

Local delivery is available via three categories: 
Local delivery under 5km – $80
Local delivery between 5km & 10km – $130
Local delivery within Sydney beyond 10km – $160

Please note if Local delivery becomes unavailable, we will refund the Local delivery fee.

A flat rate is available for Australia wide metro postcodes and will be calculated at checkout. If a flat rate is unavailable for your location (for non-metro or international shipping), or you would like to request an alternate courier, or for combined shipping, please select request a quote at checkout and the Gallery will contact you for/with further information.

Shipping & Delivery Process:

All online orders will be processed within 48 hours (business days). Your order will then be dispatched on clearance of payment, unless the artwork is a part of a current exhibition (exhibition artworks will be dispatched after exhibition close). The average time for dispatch for all other artworks is approximately 5 business days, depending on availability and payment arrangements.

For buyers within Australia, we dispatch via our quality select couriers PACK & SEND. After processing, delivery will take between 5 – 10 business days Australia wide. If your order is urgent, please contact us for an expedited service. 

For buyers outside Australia, international freight will take approximately 10 – 21 days, with possible variation depending on product, availability, destination and your local delivery services. 

We will confirm your order and dispatch arrangement details by email or phone.

Insurance, Taxes & Duties:

If you would like to insure your purchase during shipping (with an external insurer), there is an optional 3% charge at checkout. 

Please note, the recipient is responsible for any import Duties/Taxes that they may incur.

All Prices are in AUD (Australian currency)
You can purchase online using a Credit Card, Art Money, Paypal, or Bank Transfer.

Our website is secured using an SSL certificate to make sure your information is safe. We also use secure payment methods. If you you’d prefer to speak to one of our team, or if you have any questions, please refer to our contact us page.

Johnny Romeo

Dead Universe

Please leave your details and we’ll be in touch


Get notified first

Always be the first to know about exhibitions, events and new art releases.