Artist's description:

This is one of a series of portrait paintings I painted recently which use local Swansea people as my models. The people are everyday people who work in shops, the post office, cafes or people I meet on the street and simply want to paint as I like their faces.
I love the idea of painting common people as much portraiture traditionally is associated with the famous, rich or with status.
I liked to debunk that idea and make the ordinary, extraordinary.
I loved the reaction of the people painted when they saw their portraits. After all, it is not everyday than an artist paints one’s portrait. I hope I caught the essence, the inner dignity of all my subjects, of the beauty within us all. It was a special project.
The delight at watching a person’s face as hey first gazed on their own portrait made it all the worthwhile. I loved the incongruity of it.
This is the beautiful Eugenie, originally from Somalia, a long term friend of mine who I was lucky enough to bump into in the street. She is a very attractive woman, and her face is noble and full of dignity. I loved painting her.

Materials used:

oil on cotton canvas

Tougher Than I Look (2016)


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This artwork is sold by James Henry from United Kingdom

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