CONTROVERSIAL DIMEBAG DARRELL PAINTING BEING AUCTIONED
November 10, 2009
A painting entitled ‘The Assassination of ‘Dime Bag’ Darrell Abbott’ is being auctioned off at www.phillipsdepury.com. The painting is an oil, acrylic and fake silver leaf on wood in artist’s frame, measuring 207 x 182 cm. (81 x 71 5/8 in). The work is signed, titled and dated ‘Tom Sanford the Assassination of ‘Dime Bag’ Darrell Abbott 2005′ on the reverse.
‘Dimebag Darrell’ was born in 1966 to Country music producer Jerry Bob Abbott and his wife, Carolyn. Deviating from his father’s preferred genre, Dimebag co-founded the seminal heavy metal band Pantera in 1981, and later, Damageplan. It was during a December 2004 performance with this latter group that Dimebag was murdered on-stage by a paranoid fan. Three of those who came to the musician’s aide were also shot and killed. This work is one of several paintings Tom Sanford has created depicting violence in the lives of musicians; other subjects have included the infamous 2004 Vibe Awards stabbing incident and a knife altercation involving 50 Cent while at the studio.
Tom Sanford is a New York-based artist whose work is exhibited around the world. His paintings, which range from historical works depicting celebrity assassinations to portraits of gangsta rappers and teen pop tarts to elaborate cosmologies weaved together from Hollywood movies, reflect a deep ambivalence about the American cultural condition. Sanford is currently represented in New York by Leo Koenig Inc., in Copenhagen / Beijing by Galleri Faurschou, and in Brussels by Galerie Erna Hecey.