S t a n l e y   P i n k e r
  S o u t h   A f r i c a n   ( 1 9 2 4  - )
Gold and Silver

mixed media and found objects

78 x 103cm

signed and dated bottom right 'S F Pinker 8/8/88' and inscribed on the reverse label with the artist's name and the title

artist's collection

This is a painting purely about greed. A snake is often seen a guardian or a ominous protector of a object or place, and in this instance it is entwined with the old South Africa and its mineral wealth. It resembles the snakes found with party packs, and wears a comical hat with a flag, and hisses, a warning to anyone interfering with the state of affairs. Even though the old South Africa flag and ZA, as seen on stickers identifying South African cars, are prominent, I am also drawing attention to universal greed where money, investments, gold and silver are of extraordinary importance because they are manifestations of power.

2003 Michael Stevenson. All rights reserved.