An image of Untitled (man with baseball hat)

Barry McGee

(United States of America 1966 – )

Untitled (man with baseball hat)

Location
Not on display
Further information

Barry McGee began his career in the 1980s as a graffiti artist. Since the mid 1990s, however, he has been known for his unique murals and installations displayed in museums around the world. His experience as a street artist remains central to his practice and is reflected in his style, use of materials and the ideas behind his work.

In this work McGee’s trademark icon – a caricatured male figure with a twisted oddball face and sagging eyes – is depicted in common house paint on 70 metal plates. The plates are repurposed typesetting trays; cast-offs of a changing industry, their corroded, oxidised surface expresses their age and obsolescence. The hulking figure painted upon them bears a similarly worn-down appearance. His mouth open, he seems to gesture towards himself as if attempting to express his story.

Year
2000
Media
Painting
Medium
housepaint on metal, 70 panels
Dimensions
70 panels: 33.5 x 23.0 x 1.6 cm each panel; 336.0 x 164.0 x 1.6 cm installed
Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection
Accession number
L2010.63.a-rrr
Copyright
© Barry McGee