Llyn Foulkes was born in 1934 in Yakima, Washington. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1957, the art scene there was relatively limited. He enjoyed success from the 1960s, when he began producing images that oscillate between the macabre and surreal, and which use American icons and mythology as a vehicle for his cruel but ironic social criticism. Foulkes incorporates references to dada-surrealist iconography and the popular imagery of Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse is a recurrent figure in his works), and highlights with great ferocity the moral and political decline of the United States. His subjects include many famous faces from the star-system, whom he mutilates, disfigures and torments. Over the past fifty years, Foulkes has combined his cruel and expressionist vision with his audacious experimentation with pictorial means, integrating unconventional materials such as hair, cotton and wood, and creating assemblages with recuperated objects. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and works as both an artist and musician.
Foulkes was recently represented at (d)OCUMENTA (13) in 2012 and in the retrospective of his work at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (2013). His works were exhibited at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “Prima Materia” (2013-15).