By Samantha Dalrymple in New Art on Friday 1 June 2012

The majority of the vintage photos we see of people are usually associated with the feeling of innocence. Artist David Lyle re-imagines vintage and vernacular photographs from 1950s and 60s America by adding a twist of dark humor into them in his new series of work, Misbehaving. The crucial element is that each image goes through a thorough reductive painting process, rendered using only black and white paint and turpentine. Inspired by vintage photographs, he infuses cultural references that are both iconic and familiar, making us ask ourselves: ‘Were we really so good back then?’ and if not, ‘Are we really so bad now?’

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