new-york

Tony Fitzpatrick

Todd Capp Gallery

This rogues’ portrait gallery stars dozens of infamous American killers, such as Richard Speck, Fred Cowan, Ed Gein, Susan Atkins, Dick Hickock, and John Wayne Gacy. The art is as gruesome as one might expect, but not in the way one might anticipate. Fitzpatrick invokes the degenerate power, brooding violence and despair, and litter of life’s broken and beaten casualties. He casts their tormented condition in a strangely sympathetic light. What makes the images so vital and arresting is the tone of true, unprejudiced compassion. Instead of looking down from a culturally superior perch, Fitzpatrick finds the bottom of the bottomless abyss and roots his impressions in its scarred terra firma. In this oppressive atmosphere of rejection, alienation, failure, and impoverishment, he explores the smoldering detritus of twisted dreams, unsatisfied desires, and defiant transgressions.

These murderers

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