George Gittoes | Pussy

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George Gittoes
Size: 60 x 91cm
oil on linen

"While collaborating with Martin Sharp and Brett Whitely at the original Yellow house in 1970-71, I drove a taxi late at night to keep myself in funds. All the others seemed to have really rich parents and came from private schools like Cranbrook.

One night three American soldiers on R&R from Vietnam, dragged a beautiful young ‘hooker’ off Macleay St. Two pushed her into the backseat of the cab and raped her while one sat next to me with a bayonet pushed into my ribs. They joked about killing me, but the girl pleaded with them for my life. I am still here, so she succeeded.

As they left the cab in the dark street that they had forced me to drive them down, they yelled to each other, “Let’s go get some more pussy!” As I was driving away a well-dressed businessman ran from a brothel and hailed my cab, jumping into the back seat uninvited. I smiled to think what his wife would say when she discovered what was spread over the back of the trousers of his tailored suit. He gave me a big tip and smiled saying “Got some good pussy tonight.”

Back at the Yellow House I made a cup of tea and drew Pussy.

The original painting from the drawing was destroyed. 50 years on it seemed time to bring it back.

As I did this painting, I thought it was amazing that I have lived long enough to revisit the days when I drove night shift for St George Cabs – when Kings Cross was as much a war zone as Vietnam, and Yank predators roamed the streets the way Albert Tucker painted them in his Modern Evil images of WW2 era Melbourne." - George Gittoes

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Material oil on linen
Dimensions 60 x 91cm
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