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BAD PAINTING is a series of paintings that I would like to categorize as Bad Realism which is work that is bad in terms of style, craftsmanship & content. The badly executed paintings represent the underlying bad reality of the actions depicted, i.e. the painting are as bad as the world they depict. The work challenges the Western sense of beauty, perfectionism and fear of failure. I personally find making this work very liberating as I am not restricted in terms of how well I paint. Rooms are distorted, bodies are out of proportion, shadows fall into the wrong direction etc.

The term Bad Painting was coined by the critic and curator Marcia Tucker in the 70s. I have always been fascinated by the freedom of 'bad' painters such as Joan Brown or Neil Jenney. 'Bad' painting doesn't only set me free from the constraints of 'good' & 'decent' technique but also gives me a feeling of everything-goes and everything-is-fine. There are obviously a lot of people who don't like my Bad Painting series very much, not only because of the way they are painted but also due to the themes and subject matters. I think there is only a handful of people who appreciate the work. During the process of working on this series (since early 2013) I have come to terms with the unpopularity of the work and now I simply don't care if people love, like, dislike or even hate my paintings.

Jay Rechsteiner’s Bad Paintings (2013) brings the horrors of human culpability front and center. We don’t have to look too far to see the atrocities within our communities. Turn on the news, take an extended walk through familiar streets. Sadness and pain are everywhere. Rechsteiner states that his “main interest [is] in the underlying structure of things [and how] his artworks directly respond to the surrounding environment and . . . everyday experiences.” We so often look for beauty in everything. Why not accept the ugliness of misery? Confront it and learn how to deal with it? Rechsteiner wrestles with these ideas in his studio and asks the same of his veiwer. He wishes to “demonstrate how life extends beyond [our] own subjective limits,” to tell “a story about the effects of global cultural interaction,” and “the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves.” 
John Ros, GalleryEll, http://galleryell.com/exhibitions/figureation/ 

Note: The asking price per painting does not include the shipping costs.

 

examples of Bad Paintings in-situ:

 

 

Bad Painting in-situ by Jay Rechsteiner

 

 

Bad Painting 01 by Jay Rechsteiner - Angry men & women beating the hell out of black, yellow, brown, gay people & hairdressers on a lovely Tuesday afternoon.

Bad painting number 01:
Angry men & women beating the hell out of black, yellow, brown, gay people & hairdressers on a lovely Tuesday afternoon.
80cm x 100cm
asking price: GBP1200
year: 2013

prints available from Saatchi Online:https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-Number-01-Angry-men-women-beating-the-hell-out-of-black-yellow-brown-gay-people-hairdressers-on-a-lovely-Tuesday-afternoon/315283/1703824/view

Bad Painting 02 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 02:
People with slightly darker skin are being hacked to death

based on The killing of the Rohingya in Myanmar
90cm x 90cm
asking price: GBP1200
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-02-People-with-slightly-darker-skin-are-being-hacked-to-death/315283/3570847/view

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Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, House of Torture

Bad Painting number 03:
House of Torture: Prisoners being boiled alive, electrical shocks, sexual assaults, pulling out fingernails from Mondays to Sundays... & solitary confinement without food or drink
76cm x 76cm
year: 2013
asking price: GBP1200
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-03-House-of-Torture/315283/1690402/view

 

Bad Painting 4 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 04:
Three boys & two girls are torturing, beating disabled girl & making her drink urine.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-04-Three-boys-two-girls-are-torturing-beating-disabled-girl-making-her-drink-urine/315283/3581145/view

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Bad Painting 05 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 05:
Boy stabbing a boy on a sunny day in July
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-05-Boy-stabbing-a-boy-on-a-sunny-day-in-July/315283/3588118/view

Bad Painting 06 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 06:
A husband cutting off his wife's fingers
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-06-A-husband-cutting-off-his-wife-s-fingers/315283/3595627/view

 

Bad Painting 07 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 07:
Two men setting a gay wheelchair user on fire
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500
year: 2013

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-07-Two-men-setting-a-gay-wheelchair-user-on-fire/315283/2511096/view

 

Bad Painting 8 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 08:
an angry member of the EDL hitting an Indian man with a bottle on the head
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-08-an-angry-member-of-the-EDL-hitting-an-Indian-man-with-a-bottle-on-the-head/315283/3599960/view

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Bad Painting Number 09 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 09:
husband gouged wife's eyes out and biting off her nose on yet another sunny day
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-09-husband-gouged-wife-s-eyes-out-and-biting-off-her-nose-on-yet-another-sunny-day/315283/3606500/view

Bad Painting 10 by Jay Rechsteiner, domestic violence

Bad Painting number 10:
husband stamping on wife's head
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-10-husband-stamping-on-wife-s-head/315283/3612033/view

 

Bad Painting 11 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 11:
man keeping three females as prisoners in the basement of his house, he occasionally rapes them
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-11-man-keeping-three-females-as-prisoners-in-the-basement-of-his-house-he-occasionally-rapes-them/315283/3645687/view

Bad Painting 12 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting nubmer 12:
pregnant girl being raped in a pub on a Monday night
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-nubmer-12-pregnant-girl-being-raped-in-a-pub-on-a-Monday-night/315283/3651414/view

 

Bad Painting 13 by Jay Rechsteiner

Bad Painting number 13:
Two men beating up a Chinese man on a lovely day
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

prints available on Saatchi Online: https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Bad-Painting-number-13-Two-men-beating-up-a-Chinese-man-on-a-lovely-day/315283/3663887/view#

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Two boys kicking and stomping on toddler, throwing bricks at him & placing batteries in his mouth & finally killing him with a 22 pound iron bar

Bad Painting number 14:
Two boys kicking and stomping on toddler, throwing bricks at him & placing batteries in his mouth & finally killing him with a 22 pound iron bar
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Girl tortured by a group of kids, led by a 37-year old woman. Covered in bruises & over 100 cigarette burns. Peeled off skin. 3 branded on her chest + burned onto belly: I'M A PROSTITUE AND I'M PROUD OF IT.

Bad Painting number 15:
Girl tortured by a group of kids, led by a 37-year old woman. Covered in bruises & over 100 cigarette burns. Peeled off skin. 3 branded on her chest + burned onto belly: I'M A PROSTITUE AND I'M PROUD OF IT.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Boy throwing object at boy, killing him in off licence

Bad Painting number 16:
Boy throwing object at boy, killing him in off licence
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Three men having a great time while two dogs are savaging a fox in a cage

Bad Painting number 17:
Three men having a great time while two dogs are savaging a fox in a cage
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Two year old girl battered with a metal bar, repeatedly locked in a cupboard, dumped in a bin. Broken arm and legs, covered in bruises. A one-month torture

Bad Painting number 18:
Two year old girl battered with a metal bar, repeatedly locked in a cupboard, dumped in a bin. Broken arm and legs, covered in bruises. A one-month torture
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Four men publicly executed. One-hundred-thirty-five people watching

Bad Painting number 19:
Four men publicly executed. One-hundred-thirty-five people watching.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Mother & daughter cyberbully 14-year old girl & drive her to commit suicide

Bad painting number 20:
Mother & daughter cyberbully 14-year old girl & drive her to commit suicide.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Broken ribs, broken back, mutilated fingertips, missing fingernails, watching porn. A lovely family home.

Bad Painting number 21:
Broken ribs, broken back, mutilated fingertips, missing fingernails, watching porn. A lovely family home.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Two men skinning raccoon dogs alive on a sunny & warm day.

Bad Painting number 22:
Two men skinning raccoon dogs alive on a sunny & warm day.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, 4-year old beaten, locked up, drowned, starved & force-fed salt by mother & stepdad.

Bad Painting number 23:
4-year old beaten, locked up, drowned, starved & force-fed salt by mother & stepdad.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Duct taped, raped, tortured with sledgehammer & pliers, stabbed with ice pick in ears, strangled with coat hanger. A lovely van journey along the coast.

Bad Painting number 24:
Duct taped, raped, tortured with sledgehammer & pliers, stabbed with ice pick in ears, strangled with coat hanger. A lovely van journey along the coast.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Angry men throwing stones at woman accused of adultry on one of the sunniest days of the year.

Bad Painting Number 25:
Angry men throwing stones at woman accused of adultry on one of the sunniest days of the year.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Four neo-nazis beating the hell out of a Nigerian (Filming attack & uploading it)

Bad Painting number 26:
Four neo-nazis beating the hell out of a Nigerian (Filming attack & uploading it)
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

Bad Painting by Jay Rechsteiner, Landowners getting rid of jungle dwellers.

Bad Painting number 27:
Landowners getting rid of jungle dwellers.
20cm x 25cm
asking price: GBP500

 

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