"The Count Annoyed the Peasants"
Oil and acrylic on mounted board
14" x 11"
Robert Egert paints a highly stylized figure as a color field abstraction that pushes and pulls the positive/negative space of the panel's surface. Half ungulate half human, wearing one red sock on a lifted foot and a stray "comb-over" hair blown back like a whip about to be cracked, we sense menace. Yet there is very little to fear as his corporeal substance is nothing but a rolling, flapping sheet, a paper tiger. A second exploration starts to reveal the shapes and silhouettes crowding in and around from within the negative voids, a regal eagle between the legs, a bony arm about to elbow the eagle's beak and nosy noses poking and sniffing all around.