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Original Paul Rusconi "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful" Naked Jesus Painting

$24,000Asking Price


Very large, original digital screenprint on Plexiglas with nail polish on c-print, mounted to Sintra board, mixed media work of art of Jesus entitled "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful", by illustrious American contemporary artist, Paul Rusconi. The subject, Jesus, was part of the "Naked Jesus" exhibition in 2013, at which time Rusconi unveiled a new series of controversial paintings of Jesus, emblazoned with provocative slogans that belie the serious nature of their subject. Using an unorthodox method to create his paintings; he employs a digital screening technique combined with monochromatic photography, paint and nail polish. The work is layered and framed. The shadow image on the monochromatic photographic is a simple projection through the Plexiglas. There is no image on the actual photograph until one is projected on it by the digital screen. The artist, Paul Rusconi (born 1965), is a well known American contemporary artist who is currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in California, Paul Rusconi has and continues to investigate the portrait with his own photo-based images as well as found or sourced images from popular culture. Works by Rusconi are included in the collections of numerous private individuals and public art institutions, including The White House, The Carnegie Art Museum, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Interface Foundation, the Castilla Foundation, Madrid, and The International Contemporary Art Foundation, to name a few. Several of Paul Rusconi's works have made impressive sales at auction houses such as Heritage, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury. A painting by Rusconi sold at Sotheby's for $71,000.00. Reverse of painting bears the artists metal plaque stating that the work of art is authentic, unique and an original. Painting is framed in a custom espresso finish wood frame and measures approximately 62” H x 48” W x 3” D. Unframed painting measures approximately 59 1/2” H x 45 1/2” W.


  • Creator
    Paul Rusconi (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 62 in. (157.48 cm)Width: 48 in. (121.92 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Some scratches and scuffs to the frame.
  • Seller Location
    Tustin, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4033319510332

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