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Artwork description:

The paintings from this series were born out of my need to push portraiture beyond the figurative illustration of a subject and towards an abstract interpretation of the person being portrayed. By distorting the features of the subject I wanted to create the possibility for a deeper visual experience than one created by viewing traditional portraiture. The people that I have chosen to paint were mostly selected from images of various drag performers that I had been invited to photograph throughout a several year period with several being self portraits and one coming from my imagination.

All of the work is painted with oil on canvas which allows the greatest potential for unpredictable possibilities over the long period of time working with each piece. After establishing my outline I build the image up in layers of paint until I have a traditional rendering of a portrait. Then, I start to add additional layers of paint that I distort with various mediums, brushes, palette knives and homemade tools. This is the high wire event for each one of these paintings; as I push it towards the edge I use my intuition as an artist to decide at which point to solidify the visual chaos at the desired moment.

These are the paintings that have emerged from this deliberate, yet very unpredictable process where contact can still be made with the subject while simultaneously allowing a space for your imagination. Although these paintings are representations of people through portraiture I hope that they can become an opening for the enlightened viewer to pass through and escape into.

Materials used:

Oil Paint

Tags:

#oil painting  #fine art  #oil on canvas  #portraiture  #helios lucida 

KIKI (2016)

$8,000

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This artwork is sold by HELIOS LUCIDA from United States

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