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Michael Fitts (American, b.1961)
LOT ID: 73132
Squirt Gun, 2011

Oil, archival sheet metal
9.75 х 9.75 х 1.5 in. (24.76 x 24.76 x 3.81 cm.)
Signed, inscribed, titled and dated in ink on verso.
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"Squirt Gun" (2011) by American Contemporary artist Michael Fitts is one of the most detailed and whimsical paintings in his ongoing, and renowned series of photo-realist oil paintings on archivally treated sheet metal. The unexpectedness of images such as every child's favorite summer-time toy, "Squirt Gun", is intentionally filled with nostalgia and kitsch. By elevating the importance of this ephemeral object to the status of an icon the painting becomes more than just a pretty painting.

The thread that ties the subject of Fitts' works together are that the selection of subjects are all nostalgic, ephemeral and commonplace visuals of American popular culture, with an emphasis on objects that are used once, then discarded and quickly forgotten. He paints paper coffee cups, balloons, shoes, snack foods, dress patterns and other objects inherent to the American cultural experience.

Michael Fitts began painting on scrap metal in 1992 after he graduated with a Degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. He began looking for alternative surfaces to paint on, partly for the experimental aspect, but also because of the sheer variety of surface tones and textures. The work of Michael Fitts belongs to select prestigious private and corporate collections and has been exhibited in Art Fairs and Gallery exhibitions, world-wide. The artist currently lives and works in Virginia.
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