Modified (Banksied) painting, acrylics onto an oil painting I made about 17 years ago, 100 by 80 cm. I signed with: I ♥ Kees van Dongen, 1992-2009-
I first met Dutch painter Kees van Dongen's "The Indian Dance," on a postcard I bought some 20 years ago in the shop of the Museum of Modern Art in Brussels. They don't have it anymore. I never saw it live, it's in a private collection somewhere I gather... don't get me started.
Anyway, I immediately fell in love with it and copied it in my art class-well, I tried. The dancer to me is dancing life, exuberantly, all arms and legs. I recognized the energy, back then I had just recovered from a depression and felt life burning ... ;) I don't think I lost that fire/drive with my amputation(s). In fact, I may have unconsciously deployed it, recovering from two cancers. Thus looking at the painting, working on her again and modifying (Banksy-ing) her gave me comfort. I found it very moving work. Probably recognizing that I may still have some juice left in me. Well, make that plenty ;) And I fell in love with it/her all over again.