Original oil painting from the Life during Wartime series.
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Manhattan, 2010, oil on canvas, 62"x82"
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John Scane’s Life During Wartime series of paintings examines themes of violence, patriotism, disconnection, and virtual reality through the lens of the video game. This series establishes a new mode of painting that might be called ‘Virtual Realism’ because it uses some of the traditional strategies of realist painting but rather than applying them to the natural world it takes the artificial, digital, virtual world of online computer gaming as its subject. These paintings present a new and unique way of communicating about the virtual and real worlds- through the archaic process of painting, Scane analyzes the strange world of online gaming and the mediated human interactions between gamers.