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About the work

'Ask the Dust' draws it's inspiration from the 1939 coming of age novel of the same name, written by Italian-American author John Fante, first published in 1939. The novel tells the story of Arturo Gabriel Bandini, a struggling writer living in a residential hotel in Bunker Hill, a rundown section of Downtown Los Angeles. Living off the zest of oranges, he unconsciously creates a picture of Los Angeles as a modern dystopia during the Great Depression era. Recurring themes in Fante's works are poverty, Catholicism, family life, Italian-American identity, sports, and the life of a writer. 'Ask the Dust' was also a single from a record titled 'Acropolis Now' by Thee Mighty Caesars. Formed in 1985 by Billy Childish, Thee Mighty Caesars influenced many American bands, especially The Mummies, and Sub Pop groups and were arguably the group that brought about the resurgence of garage rock.

Signature: Signed and dated in oil lower right facing. Painted and signed prior to the artist using the 'Gallows' symbol as his signature.

Medium: Oil on pine boards


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