Ups and Downs - Tyree Guyton

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Ups and Downs

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Two abstracted bust-length figures, one male and one female, look directly at the viewer with large smiles against a tan background filled with swirling lines and scribbles. The face and eyes of each figure are outlined in thick green, the mouths in thick yellow. The “whites” of the eyes are red, while the pupils are circles of pale purple. From the eyes of the male figure, purple paint drips down his checks; in the female figure, the paint drips upwards.
Tyree Guyton
1994
In “Ups and Downs” two figures, one male and one female, confront the viewer with large smiles. The work gets its title from the purple “tears” that drip down the face of the male figure and upwards on the female figure.
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
2002/1.202