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Young at Heart

Benjamin Sharkey's avatar Benjamin Sharkey

The painting is named after the song "Young at Heart" made famous by Frank Sinatra, highlighting the power of positive attraction. This ‘Gent’, shown on a Triumph Cafe Racer in Paris, is part of a 10 piece series called The Disappearance of the Gentleman. The series has many layers: as much as it is a connotation to the disappearance of the gentleman, it is also a tribute to the atypical “father figure” portrayed in original films. Finding myself enthralled in suits at a young age, it occurred to me that due to the masculine and competitive nature of men that advertisements often removed the actual figure from their ads. This allowed the viewer, like yourself, to use their own imagination in discovering whom was living that life. Each "Gent" is named after specific songs that, I feel, relate to the ideals and expectations of being a gentleman. As you view this piece, and the others, regardless of gender - my hope is that you also find the beauty in the rebirth of being a “gentleman”.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2.5 inches
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 66 inches
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 72 inches