Art: Hollywood Headman

Hollywood Headsman

Three times in the last four years Hollywood's popular Painter John Decker has turned from screwball to serious art. Artist Decker's latest and most successful turning took place last fortnight over rum cocktails in Beverly Hills' Little Gallery. Said Los Angeles Museum Director Roland McKinney: "I would say [Decker] has become one of the significant contemporary American painters."

Decker's show consisted of 16 eclectically painted portraits, landscapes, character studies. (Habitually, Decker paintings look as if they had been done by somebody else: Van Gogh, Rouault, Utrillo, Toulouse-Lautrec, Daumier.) Said Painter...

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