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William S. Burroughs - (acrylic on canvas) - 24" x 24"
I never read either of William Burroughs major novels, Junky or Naked Lunch. I never even had much interest in the novels of Jack Kerouac, the poetry of Allen Ginsburg, or the music of the "beat" or "punk" generations.

Burroughs also shot and killed his wife when stoned and portraying William Tell. Not exactly a poster child!

So why did I paint Burroughs?

My home art studio was a mess...a disaster....a death trap.....and a friend of my daughter suggested a trade deal: he'd clean out and organize my space if I would paint his idol... William Burroughs.

My first reaction was, "No!" But the young man is a good organizer and convinced me that he would help extend my life and that I would be pleased with his work.

The most appealing aspect of the assignment was that the client wasn't concerned with the size of the finished work, or even with the style. That was left to me.

Since my latest fascination is boldly colored portraits in a square format, I decided that I would accept the commission, and before I even conceived of the portrait, he had transformed my studio into a livable and workable space.

Since I had the ultimate freedom of expression, I took the artistry of the Burroughs' portrait further  than with any previous painting. Most remarkably, it set me on my current mission to paint 20th century American writers.

How does this apply to marketing?

You can brand just about anything. It's just about putting the right elements together.

Naked Lunch and Burroughs may not be your passion, but whatever product or service you offer will need to find its market...with creativity, solid content, the correct media, and perhaps some humor.

We are conscious of the limits, and sensitive to the proprieties of our clients. But we're willing to take some chances too.

Anyone for Russian Roulette?

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On June 8, 1789 representative James Madison introduced a series of 39 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  Collectively, the first 10 amendments are known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill enumerated freedoms not explicitly indicated in the main body of the Constitution, such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and free assembly; the right to keep and bear arms; freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, security in personal effects, and freedom from warrants issued without probable cause.

Over 200 years additional amendments were added that have curtailed or expanded personal freedoms, but by and large, the Bill of Rights set a standard unprecedented in the world for guaranteeing freedoms to all people.

Despite the Bill of Rights our society has struggled with moral and human rights conflicts throughout its history. My new series of paintings explores these conflicts and provides a nonjudgmental glimpse into the contrasts existing in our very diverse society.

Each painting is created with acrylic on canvas - 36” x 24.” Signed and numbered (50) archival prints are available on request. These giclĂ©es are printed on 22" x 19" stock with a white border for matting and framing, and offered at $75 each. Email george@rothackeradv.com.