Reuters Pete Doherty Displays Blood Paintings in London Monday, February 27, 2012
There may be something gruesome or just plain morbid about painting with blood.
But the show's co-curator Rachel Chudley told Reuters: "If you look at art through the ages, the subject matter has always been life. We all die and painting in blood is a reminder of our mortality. It's a universal media. I don't think there is anything gory about it."
In a recent interview with The Independent newspaper, the turbulent Babyshambles frontman and former The Libertines co-leader referred to his unusual technique of squirting blood with a syringe onto a canvas as "arterial splatter."
Most of the paintings on display are quite spare, combining brownish blood streaks with collages, poems and song lyrics.
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