Ancient King by Richard Burnside

ANATOMY OF A BURNSIDE

 

"This is a king. He existed long ago, before you, or you, or you, or I was born."

 

Among Burnside's frequent images are his ancient Kings and Queens. The Kings usually have black faces, while the Queens usually have brown faces. His paintings come from his visions, so some of the content he can explain, and some is a mystery even to him. Here's how he explained this particular piece:

 

1. The King's crown. This King has a particularly elaborate crown. Sometimes you'll see a king with a halo above his crown. This means that he's a particularly good king.

2. The King sits at the head of this table. Each dot represents the leader of a different tribe.

3. Tables of the King's advisors. His head Shaman sits at the end of each table.

4. Each dot represents a different tribe of man.