The artist collective INDECLINE is no fan of Donald Trump, and its myriad of public expressions on the matter grew by one this past week. On Sunday night, INDECLINE partnered with LA-based artist Zoueh on a large-scale mural located at 7753 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. The piece, titled The Picture of Donald J. Trump, is the aesthetic personification of the 19th-century Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the titular character (and his portrait) slowly changes from majestic to grotesque in tandem with the nature of his actions.
Describing the performative experience of the Donald Trump mural, art historian Lizy Dastin wrote, “Painted in a grisaille palette, Zoueh’s depiction of Trump was presidential—even regal—and rendered on a befittingly monumental scale. As the weeks went by, Zoueh returned to the mural seven additional times to make alterations, which, little by little, shifted the visual modality from Trump’s benign outer appearance to the toxically malignant inner mechanisms of his soul. In the final iteration, the truth of Trump is at last revealed.”
No one knows for sure what the future holds for Trump, but the novel certainly didn’t end well for Dorian Gray.
Photo and video credit: INDECLINE.