Inspired by the Book of Revelations, the artist explores many themes, such as the duality between abstraction and illustration, by making many international and art historical references.
The painting I chose to write about is called the Pavilion of Perpetual Present by Bill Rutherfoord and is part of the Apocalypse series. This oil on linen work of art is 70 x 74” and was made between 2008 and 2013. Rutherfoord draws inspiration from Winslow Homer’s The Briarwood Pipe and depicts two soldiers sitting in front of pavilion; however, in Rutherfoord’s depiction, one soldier has the head of a goat and the other has the head of a boar. The author uses an abundance of symbols and historical references to display the unpredictability and corruption of society; the title Pavilion of Perpetual Present means a tent of the endless, never changing present. On the left side