This abstract painting is small but mighty...mouthy. The color combo is loud and we like it. The thick turquoise blue frame offsets and brings to life the light red, grey and white painting. (The colors are more vibrant in person; they're a bit washed out in these photos.) The artist, Roger Hankins, signed it, "for Marilyn." We enjoy assuming that he means Monroe and that this was a gift commissioned by Union Oil, a company she starred in commercials for. Yeah, we didn't know that either. The image looks vaguely like an oil crain pump jack, right? Ok so this was painted in 1984, so I guess probably wasn't for Monroe, who passed on in 1962. Even so, thinking of her is more pleasant than referencing anything in the novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four."
All that to say that oil dependence is a dangerous habit and we are very interested in clean energy solutions. In related commentary, thank you for shopping vintage.