Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas cards, political iconography, flags, history and hyper-realist art: be very careful


Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, wishes us a very merry Christmas with his official card, seen here. It's a painting by Gerard Burns called 'A New Journey'. I'm afraid it sent me off on a disturbing trip through Google Images. Hyper-realist art, flags, and young girls with blond hair? Some images cannot be redeemed from past associations.


4 comments:

idea15 said...

The tributes to Soviet propaganda poster imagery have been going strong for a year now. Did you see this one?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article5372681.ece

Bonnie Prince Dougie said...

Hi Tom. This Christmas card (and your blog) inspired me to resurrect my own blog. Taking a slightly different approach to the image;

http://bonnieprincedougie.blogspot.com/

Wrinkled Weasel said...

Surely some coincidence?

http://wrinkledweasel.blogspot.com/2009/12/alex-salmonds-christmas-card.html

or did you just lift the idea, uncredited?

Tom Morton said...

No, Wrinkled Weasel, no 'uncredited lifting' was involved! Probably the same Google Image search you did yourself.