Bald Archy; Maude Picks a Leaking Assange

A painting of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won this year’s Bald Archy spoof art prize.Julian Ass-ange Bald Archie

The caricature by French artist Xavier Ghazi portrays the WikiLeaks founder with his trousers around his ankles, urinating into a top hat with the US flag on it.

If anything is going to piss-off Uncle Sam then this would be it!

The 60-year-old artist says he is overjoyed to win the prize for the fourth time.

Ghazi said he had first thought of calling his painting Pissing Off The Empire.

‘‘Having a leak in Uncle Sam’s hat is pissing off the empire,’’ he told reporters.

‘‘It’s not as much about the US as it is about global power and instruments of domination.’’

Mr Ghazi says he chose Mr Assange because he agrees with the philosophy behind WikiLeaks.

Organisers claim the Bald Archy, which is in its 18th year, is judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo called Maude.

3 Responses

  1. Sulphur-crested cockatoo? Well, that explains it completely! I was wondering who on earth could have such terrible taste in art.

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  2. Hee hee! I like this even if it is bad art.

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  3. Well, actually it isn’t. Bad art, I mean. The subject is recognisable, the subject matter is pointed and truthful, and it gives the satirical bent to the subject that it sets out to do. I rather like it … better by far than some of the incoherent daubs the silly bird has chosen in past years.

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