Artist's description:

Expressionist oil painting mainly painted with palette knife, on a rollered slate black background.

This is the latest in the "Mask" series of oil paintings.

We all wear masks in our daily lives to protect our vulnerabilities, but if if you look closely enough these vulnerabilities are always seeping out, the mask is always, sometimes imperceptibly, slipping to reveal more than we would like.

In this painting, the vulnerabilities are part of the mask as if the model is wearing his vulnerabilities on the outside not trying to keep them in.
They are there for all to see.

This discombobulated oil painting explores the issues of disfigurement and how we want to look away but are strangely also drawn in, it is more about our reaction than the face looking back at us.
It is not our pity he sees but our disgust at us being in his position.
It draws on a sense of the Victorian freak show such as in the novel "The Elephant Man".

Materials used:

oil painting on linen canvas

Losing Face (2017)

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This artwork is sold by James Henry from United Kingdom

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