The faces in this series are faces are the extension of the individuals which I observe. I unmask the deeper individualistic expression and stories of the individuals with whom we share our collective public spaces. These faces do not belong to just one person, they are all of us, they are me, they are you. Within the layers that we carry around with us each day as we move through our public life, there is a story, a desire to express something, which I allow to come to life through these portraits and detailed images.
This painting captures the way human beings interact with, and simultaneously break up the monotony of the grey urban public space through our individualistic and collective expression of diversity. My paintings explore a multitude of expressions and ranges of human interaction within the environment which we live and as a result shape, while also translating the tension between daily routine and a deeper human expression. One of the most repeated daily acts is the act of waiting, waiting for a bus, waiting for a friend, waiting in line, waiting for the rain to stop. There are countless personal reasons and stories of why we wait, and yet in our waiting we all share the same collective experience of modern urban systems which integrate this act of waiting into our daily routines. In this way, a collective act of waiting becomes the space for our individual expression which ultimately alters and changes the environment, public space and the shared system which we are part of.
Mixed media on canvas (acrylic,oil)