The appreciation of fine art is subjective at best. What is pleasing to the eye to one person, may sicken and disgust another. Me–I like crudely drawn dongs and crushed velvet paintings of bullfighters and naked ladies.
But what do I know.
I knows what I likes…and this mural of Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, I likes. Why exactly? Maybe it’s the steely determination in his eyes, or the way the artist captured the enthusiasm of the Chicago faithful as they cheer on their beloved Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup.
Meh–it’s probably because Toews resembles a pig man. Half pig, half man.
I’m no artist, but I have to think that the most difficult portion of the human visage to draw has to be the nose, what with it’s protrusion from the face (see Streisand, Barbra), all the unsightly bumps and divots (see Wilson, Owen), and those always difficult nostrils (see Warwick, Dionne). So no, I don’t fault the mural artist for Jonathan Toews’ apparent nasal deformity.
Who knows? With the way the NHL is going these days, Toews may end up looking like this one day after one of those legal, but not really legal, blindside hits.
Whether or not Toews is the face of the new generation of pig men, or just the unfortunate subject of an artist with nasal perspective issues remains to be seen. If it happens to be the former, Toews would be wise to remember his pig men forefathers…
Yeah, I went there.