This painting explores the nature of fear through the tradition of the painted skull referencing mortality - something artists have explored throughout the history of painting.
The painting is layered in an expressionistic method, being influenced at the time by Frank Auerbach - exploring a limited pallet as well as personalising a skull into a portrait staring back at the viewer. As unsettling as this may sound, the painting has a trance like quality, forming a conversation through a contemplative aspect and a realisation that once one accepts the inevitable, one can begin to live and forge new journeys free from fear of the unknown.
During this time in 1992 I had taken a new direction following a career as an artist, taking my first steps on a new journey, unknowing where it may lead - unsure, young and shifting any fears I may have had at the time.
As you can see the painting is worn around the edges due to its nature, although overall it is in great shape and the signs of entropy add an authenticity to its age of 24 years.
I can touch up the painting to fix these areas if required.
Oil Paint on Board