That effort led to paintings like this one, where the landscape is paired with a familiar visage. “It’s Pete Townsend from a clip of The Kids are Alright, but he looks like a zombie, and he’s in a state of pseudo-ecstacy,” Gruzis says. “I was doing a lot of music related stuff at the time; I did a painting based on the cover of ‘Hotel California.’ I wouldn’t say all of the subject matter was pulled out of my ass, I was just like, I’m going to paint whatever I want from painting to painting — it doesn’t matter."
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That effort led to paintings like this one, where the landscape is paired with a familiar visage. “It’s Pete Townsend from a clip of The Kids are Alright, but he looks like a zombie, and he’s in a state of pseudo-ecstacy,” Gruzis says. “I was doing a lot of music related stuff at the time; I did a painting based on the cover of ‘Hotel California.’ I wouldn’t say all of the subject matter was pulled out of my ass, I was just like, I’m going to paint whatever I want from painting to painting — it doesn’t matter."