The Vision of St. Eustace, Master Hunter

Artist: JP Munro
painting | Oil on linen | 1520x1219mm | 2005

JP Munro paints elaborate scenes of epic battles, opulent feasts, orgiastic celebrations, and pagan rituals. His distinct approach to genre painting borrows heavily from a vast array of historical sources, ranging from Greek mythology to Chinese antiquity, and of artistic styles from Eugene Delacroix to Salvador DalĂ­. Often frozen in a moment of high tension, Munro's scenarios take on a decidedly cinematic air, one that balances highbrow elegance and lowbrow kitsch. The combination of these multifarious elements results in psychologically fraught compositions that form a unique pastiche, distinctly contemporary in appearance and sentiment. Munro relishes the enigmatic and avoids clearly articulating or resolving any potential narrative, preferring to let viewers work through the mystery and uncertainty his paintings evoke.


Whitney Biennial 2006 | 2006.03.02 - 2006.05.28 | Whitney Museum of American Art (old museum)(New York City, NY, United States)