Thursday, 10 May 2018

lawful evil, neutral evil, chaotic evil

We’ve seen quite enough of this narcissistic jerk and given him enough free airtime to last several lifetimes, but it was nonetheless interesting to learn about the portrait painter Ralph Wolfe Cowan, who found his niche in as a vanity artist of the 1980s, specialising in pandering to the egos of the likes of the reality show star aspiring to dictatorship pictured, actual dictators and their trophy wives, several musicians, sultans, popes and royals. It’s strange to ponder Cowan’s various subjects sitting for him and to consider how they’re connected—ever so tenuously by this cult of personality that individually they’d probably would not want to share in and could not stand the each other’s company since the would all magnify the worst within them.