“It is the most beautiful and the most extraordinary painting of my life,” Andrew Denton said in a 2009 interview with the New Yorker.
“It’s my painting of a man in his 20s.
I painted him as a child.
I was a very shy kid.”
He then took on a life of painting and eventually created a vast collection of trippy, surreal, and often surrealistic paintings, including the trippy images above.
But he was also known for his controversial, even offensive paintings, some of which were so extreme they were banned in his hometown of Chicago, and his infamous ‘Pissing Man’ and ‘Coconut Woman’ paintings, which he commissioned to show off his artwork.
He was also accused of sexually assaulting women, though none of his alleged victims ever filed formal complaints against him.
In an interview with The Washington Times, Denton discussed his work and his legacy, saying, “I never really thought of myself as being the artist.
I just wanted to paint.”
The paintings, he continued, “are all in love with my own identity.
They are all in my own life.
I do not want anyone to think that I am an artist or that I have a talent.
All I want is to be appreciated.”
In an email to The Washington Free Beacon, Dickson said he has no regrets about the paintings he has painted.
“I have spent a lifetime trying to find a balance between art and life, and in doing so, I have come to understand that life is about balance, as well as about love and beauty, which are universal,” he wrote.
“In many ways, my art is about the struggle for balance and for the freedom of expression, while also trying to explore how we can make sense of a world that is more than one’s own, or one’s identity.”