Batista's Dream, 2018, oil on canvas, 76cm x 76cm, £1500
A mixed media painting by the London based artist Robert Dunt. In this series of paintings by Robert, which he has called the Icon series, the artist wanted to work with powerful icons from history, politics and celebrity and combine them with colour and chaos.
His aim was to work with the icons without trying to give them a narrative, but to use them as purely visual shapes. Once he had used them as shapes a poetic unintended narrative would appear from the use of the paint.
In this picture Robert felt the red polka dots looked like bullet holes and the different currencies of money depicted balanced oddly with Che and his aspirations. It seemed more like a nightmare that Batista, who Che toppled in Cuba, would have had.
The painting was first exhibited in London in 2018 at the LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair.