Five Guys

150x125cm / 59.05x49.2 in, oil on canvas, 2021 Sale price Price €5.400,00 Regular price Unit price  per 

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What is "Strong"? What defines "Strength"? What is "Masculinity"?

Questions that arise once one takes a first glance at the artwork "Five Guys" by Dominic Virtosu.

On a pink gradient that defines an almost abstract space, five naked men are holding up a huge alligator on top of their stretched arms.

Their posture suggests relaxation, rather than stress - it is a sight that reminds of the peace after a successful hunt - and the five men reference the Greek caryatides who were supporting the immense weight of the temples' roof.

This painting is exceptionally peaceful, considering it's underlying narrative. One can only speculate about the intent of the artist, but the main focus, the alligator, seems to be enjoying its time being carried by the five guys.