Monday, March 25, 2013

"Ontario Gothic"

Another of the John Kuna murals in the Islington neighbourhood, this one is called "Ontario Gothic" and although it is based on a photo from the 1900s it is meant to be a parody of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. Painted in 2011, it shows William Appleby and his sister Mabel standing in front of the family farmhouse which was a Gothic Revival cottage style.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click here for more murals.

22 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Yet another mural that just leaps out, amazing!

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

How fun. It appears to be quite a large mural too

Nyloncamera said...

This guy is Amazing!

Marleen said...

It is very well done, looks almost like a photo.

Jack said...

Now, THIS is perfect. Kuna is very talented.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh this is so neat to see. I went to Eldon, Iowa and saw the house in the original American Gothic. I wish I knew how to put a link to it in the comments so that you can see it. I don't know if this will work...
http://hwyfly.blogspot.com/2012/11/american-gothic-house.html

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's beautifully done Pat, but I didn't think Gothic when I saw it. You do have some wonderful murals around Toronto, did you ever think of printing a coffee table book of photos 'Murals of Toronto' seriously you should.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

This is very beautiful!

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Halcyon said...

A great idea! It's such a lifelike painting too. Neat find.

William Kendall said...

Oh, I like that!

Sharon said...

This is a beautifully done mural and the resemblence to American Gothic is certainly there. Thinking about it, one could probably paint a "gothic" scene in the mode of Grant Woods that would come from almost any country. Change the house behind and clothes on the two people and it could be a scene from anywhere.

hamilton said...

Those clothes don't look exactly comfortable!
Very nice mural, though.

Lowell said...

This is fantastic. Great parody! I can't believe all the wonderful murals you have in Toronto!

Deb said...

Another great mural. This style always makes me think of the start of The Rocky Horror Show!

Kay L. Davies said...

Amazing mural to have been painted on red brick.
K

Randy said...

Interesting mural.

Karen said...

Look at the tiny waist on that woman!!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

This is quite a find. Kuna is an incredible artist. Your comments make me wonder how many works have been inspired by American Gothic since its unveiling.

Andy said...

There's lots of detail in this one.

EG CameraGirl said...

Well done! The artist is so talented!

VP said...

Impressive, creative and very well done!

JM said...

You have wonderful murals in your city. This one is no exception!