We all know them: The faces that move the world - or focus the
spotlight of world history. These features have become
characteristic of the managed way of modern brand messaging. The
images of these subjects tend to give primary importance to
their respective messages – managed and focused for popular
Ariel Shallit uses black and white photography for his art. Thus, these people of historic significance seem visually caught, as if they were witnesses of the moment.
It is as if the psychological portrait of the person is inscribed in their skin - their innermost being turned into something external. This creates an entirely new viewing experience:
By over painting the facial features with areas of color, Ariel
Shallit simultaneously captures facial characteristics and
traits creating a completely new and so far unseen impression of
The art of over painting has a long tradition in the history of humanity and begins with body painting in the early history of mankind. While these embellishments once came as a stigmatizing message for marginal groups in the port environment to Europe, the tattoo has become socially acceptable.
The history of art knows the appropriation of foreign imagery by over painting: Artists who use over painting include such luminaries as Arnulf Rainer and Gerhard Richter.
Ariel Shallit engages with his over painting techniques on a much deeper level into the personalities of his subjects.
Unlike Andy Warhol’s perspective of ubiquitous celebrity, Shallit expresses the media stars individualized personalities: In the digital age we experience with Ariel Shallit handmade Neo-PopArt
Dr. Matthias Henkel
German Cultural Historian
Former Director of the Museums of the City of Nuremberg
All work consists of over painting prints on canvas with acrylic paint.
20h x 30w in. Archival digital print and acrylic on canvas. Ariel Shallit. 2015.
30h x 20w in. Archival digital print and acrylic on canvas. Ariel Shallit. 2015.
50h x 68w in. Archival digital print and acrylic on canvas. Ariel Shallit. 2016.