Discovering a new artist is always a good thing.
Discovering one who uses satire with such unabashed freedom and precision is rare.
As often happens, I caught a sampling of Saint Hoax’s work thanks to a friend who posted a link to the video: Making America Misogynist Again (posted below). After viewing that eye-opener, I decided that looking a bit further was in order and found his website: Saint Hoax.
Saint Hoax has two distinct flavors in his cut-to-the-quick satire. The first is the almost supernatural realism in his paintings of the super rich: Kim Kardashian, the Clinton’s, Queen Elizabeth, and other iconic figures. Not afraid to mix cultural metaphors, his work is punchy, brutally sassy, and precisely on point.
Like A Virgin | Selfish | Donna Trumpette | The Future Is Genderless | McRoyal
Prints available: Saint Hoax Prints
The second aspect of Saint Hoax’s work is found in his graphic modifications of 1950’s advertising — using Donald Trump’s own words. “Unsparing”, “unflinching”, and “frank” come to mind when describing his work, as do “outrageous” and “hilarious”. No one is safe or sacred. Uninhibited and confrontational — his work is an antidote for the endless, daily scandals that we faced during the campaign, and continue to witness.
Make America Misogynist Again.
Whatever you might think of his subject matter, or even his opinions, the power of art to highlight human flaws, evil deeds, and triumphs, is undeniable. It’s been a powerful form of expression throughout our collective history. We in North America are accustomed to the freedom to use satire whenever the need arises. In other times and other cultures, it was/is not so easy.
Some of my best friends are artists. Where would we be without us?
Saint Hoax resources:
Satire in art:
Satire, art and culture (L.A. Times)