Target Headed Rudolph Valentino, 1998.

Oil on canvas,

40 x 30 inches.

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About This Artwork: This painting was adapted from an actual issue of Photoplay in 1921 which promoted the film, "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." I like Rudy because of his work as a silent actor, where sounds and words were not necessarily needed to establish one's character. In America when men and women were sex symbols for the reasons I find a lot sexier than todays obvious bores, I can identify and appreciate what Valentino was trying to do as an actor and an artist, enough so that I had to make this painting.

"So may the memory of my shortcomings fade, when the thread of my days has run through the loom of life, and only the best art that I had it in me to give, remain. Voila!" - R.V.