His Mask (2016)
Mixed Media painting by Jonny Blakey


  • Mixed Media painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 11.81 × 16.54 × 0.39 in (unframed) / 10.24 × 14.17 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Jonny Blakey

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

This piece is illustrated using black ink over a lightly acrylic and watercolour painted 300gsm, cold pressed watercolour paper.

The piece portrays a positive and negative male side profile. I wanted to depict inner conflict and the emotions we choose to hide, masked behind beauty.

I approached the piece like I would a sculpture by imagining a solid canvas and carving away, removing solid material until I had the positive silhouette I was happy with. I then removed more material from inside the silhouette to depict the negative profile.

The positive portrait is subtly smiling while his inner portrait is seen to be contemplating and/or unhappy. Like the subject matter, I chose to subtly hide the depiction behind a pastel coloured background and chose a model whose natural beauty could complete an uplifting image at face value.

Materials used:

Acrylic, watercolours and ink

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