In this new work we see duels between infamous and/or iconic personalities of the past century (Oscar Wilde vs. John Wayne, for instance). Some of the battles are less whimsical. The series was inspired by recent visit by the artist to Auschwitz/Birkenau. In part these pieces were his way of healing a personal crisis of faith--he took the horrors and put them in opposition to other figures of a less sinister variety.
Scores are tallied for these "battles" at the bottom of the paintings.
Throwell is from Oregon and currently lives and works in New York City.