This work is one about the royal court jester Stanczyk who lived in Poland for 1480 to 1560. He served three different Kings as a jester but also became a symbol for Polish struggle for independence. Just like the painter Jan Matejko who also painted an image of Stanczyk I have also painted my harlequin with my likeness.

While creating this work I was looking at Matisse Blue Nude II 1952 and Dance (1), 1909. Their flat geometric shapes give stillness and movement at the same time. I also looked at Picasso’s Harlequins from his Rose Period 1904-1906 for inspiration when it came to the quality of the lines and background.

This work acts like a self-portrait for me. Throughout my life, I have been a Chameleon that has been able to infiltrate different parts of society. I have always acted in a different way that would allow me to fit into these different surroundings. Much like a jester who never is a part of the royal court but has access to the court and the king, I feel like I have that same privileges.
Even here at PNCA a place that I am involved in different aspects of my education, I often feel as if I do not fit in. That I am a harlequin of my own experience. There are people who argue that the harlequin was Picasso’s alter ego but for me, I see it as just who I am. And that now I am in a place in my life where I’m tired of denying it and am ready to embrace it.

Artwork Info

Type of Work painting, drawing
Medium latex paint, welding crayon, on drop cloth
Dimensions 6' X 3'
Subject Matter figurative, life, death, struggle,

Artist Info

Troy Mathews

Joined: August 26, 2013

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Troy Mathews BFA Painting & Drawing Thesis Fall 2016