The Strange Kingdom of Marine Sgt. Wirkus • Grapefruit Moon Gallery
A photo-realist, kinetic original oil on board by James Bama. This painting, created as a cover for Stag Magzine, illustrates the outlandish true story of Faustin Wirkus, an American soldier who became king of a small island off Haiti in 1906. Faustus was made famous in the 1930s book "The Magic Isle" and was a cult figure thereafter. Interior text reads in part "For five fabulous years, by order of the U.S. Marine Corps, he ruled the mid-ocean island- voodoo, personal harem and all." Work is unsigned but article credits art by James Bama, magazine is included in sale.