Hood Star

SKU: H33507

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
124 x 124 cm Framed


H33507 Hood Star

Everyone in the world wears a mask. To keep a secret. To escape the past.  To be someone else. For some, however, hiding behind a facade consumes the very core of their identity. Few figures embody the complexities of this deception quite like The Joker, whose clown make-up and devilish grin famously obscure the character and his true intentions. In Hood Star, Johnny Romeo re-envisages the classic Batman villain as a Technicolour skater soaring through the air as he nails an ollie. Vibrant candy colours inspired by the Joker’s flower lapel are used to humanize the character and chip away at the diabolical, anarchic edge we associate with him. Far from the scowling scoundrel of the DC Comics universe, Romeo’s Joker is a euphoric, confident figure who is unafraid to show the world who he really is – a sharply-dressed skater in clown make-up. The joyous spirit of the work is reflected in the text passage ‘We Deceive’, which is deftly transfigured from a mantra of betrayal into ‘We Believe’, a powerful expression of hope that speaks to our ability to achieve anything we put our mind to. Romeo builds on this feeling of belief through both the title Hood Star, with its allusions to ‘reaching for the stars’ and the neighbourhood stars of skate culture, and in the figure of the Joker himself, who defies gravity as his arms stretch upwards towards the heavens.


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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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