Earlier this year, before Donald Trump received the Republican nomination, L.A. artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer made a drawing of his fans. Some wear “Make America Great Again” hats. Some have shirts that say “Blue Lives Matter” and a few in the back wear white KKK hoods. The Trump fans grinned, but mostly they looked unmoored. A banner flying overhead said, “Trump: 'Cause We Don't Know What the Hell Is Going On.” The drawing clearly has a political bias (Dupuy-Spencer does not support Trump). Yet one of the best things about her work is its fairness. Whether she's painting blue-collar kids in an alley, rich people at a party or L.A. hipsters, all of her subjects seem just as lost, unsure how to navigate the world they find themselves in. Dupuy-Spencer, who's based in L.A., has captured — with empathy but little subtlety — a shared malaise that coexists with sometimes misdirected political urgency. Another of her drawings from this year shows four people at a pizza parlor, laughing at misogynistic jokes they've pulled up on their iPhones. One woman with butterflies and stars tattooed on her arms has her head thrown back. “I'll see your hot mess and raise you a walking disaster,” her T-shirt says.
Credit: Celeste Dupuy-Spencer and Mier Gallery