He wanted to depict delusion, he thought of King Farouk. He read extensively about him and his rule over Egypt (which of course is very timely) and portrayed him in several vignettes on a large canvas. Gluttony, thievery and conspicuous consumption are played out in his typical bright colors. As in most of his paintings, cars figure. In this case it's a shiny red Cadillac convertible.
|A Life Of Delusion by Robert Williams|
Robert was part of Zap Comix and eventually started his own art magazine JUXTAPOZ, which is a forum for both established and up-and-coming artists. Juxtapoz was different than other art magazine which seemed to focus on text and not the art.
He creates characters and comes across as a character himself in this film. Many artists will not discuss their art and that's why Mr. Bitchin' is a breath of fresh air. Williams freely lets you into his process, which for me made his work that much more alive. It's a fun romp into an artists head.