Gold Hold Glow

SKU: H34599

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
155 x 155 cm Framed


When it comes to flowers in art, few instill joy and happiness quite like Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers. First appearing as still-lifes in Paris (1887), then more famously in his 1888 Arles series, sunflowers were a recurring motif which the painter connected with on a deep level. The radiant positivity of these flowers stands in contrast to the tragic story of van Gogh, who suffered from ongoing mental illness and poverty before taking his own life. In Gold Hold Glow, Johnny Romeo brings together the artist and his floral muse, portraying the tortured painter as an iridescent figure carrying a bundle of sunflowers in full bloom. Symbolically, the sunflowers represent gratitude, good fortune, and good luck for those embarking on new adventures. Van Gogh looks directly at the audience with earnest generosity, wishing us well as he presents us with his very own lucky sunflowers. By making van Gogh the bearer of good tidings, Romeo breaks the cycle of depression that once consumed the artist, whose grim last words were ‘the sadness will last forever’. Romeo dismantles the darkness we associate with the Dutch master through the work’s evocative use of brilliant yellows, which references van Gogh’s fascination with the colour in paintings such as ‘The Yellow House’. The sun-drenched title Gold Hold Glow thus captures the essence of an artist who has embraced the light and is looking onwards to future days. Romeo cunningly subverts the ‘dimeless’ destitution of van Gogh’s final moments into a celebration of the Dutch painter’s enduring legacy as one of the world’s great ‘timeless’ artists. Shifting the focus to the audience, Romeo’s command to ‘Be Timeless’ calls on us to take meaningful action and become the masters of our own destiny.

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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.

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