The Sumatran Paintings
"There can be no genius without a touch of madness." - Seneca
"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning." - Blackbeard
Abandoned at birth, Bill Hailey was raised in Asia by missionaries.
After dropping out of Baylor University to pursue a burgeoning career in Japanese sushi porn that was tragically cut short in a freak on-set accident, he joined the Royal Army of the Dutch Indies as a mercenary and was stationed in Sumatra.
There he promptly deserted and vanished into the jungle. He resurfaced after nine months in Texas, where he authored the award-winning series of children's books The Firecracker Eaters.
"No mud, no lotus"- Josef Mengele
After dabbling in anarchism and door-to-door Bible sales he subsequently reinvented himself as an artist, and is currently at work on a series of overripe tropical fantasies, The Sumatran Paintings, as well as a series ofAnti-Fascist Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) still lifes, and post-election Clusterfux.
Moving ever closer to realizing his dream of starting a pagan love cult in the jungles of South America, his sensibility can be succinctly summed up in the song of the incorrigible prankster Nero during the Great Fire of Rome
in 64 AD:
"What shall I love if not the enigma?
Between living and dreaming there is a third thing.
At a certain point attitude is all we have left and
if you can read this it may already too late."