Abstraction and Reality
My goal is to elicit a realty that is more than a simple image. Balzac’s Frenhofer and then Picasso articulated an art that did not imitate nature but rather expressed it. The seminal Cubists called this essential reality. I am in search of this reality. I begin with a vague or ambiguous expression, uncertain context and a few naturalistic cues. I hope to provoke you into completing my portraits with your own mental image, narrative and emotions as half remembered memories, after-images and prior experiences affect your perception.
We are attracted to faces – it is our nature. Along with a shared gaze I hope to first captivate and then engage you in the process. I frequently use metallic paint that changes with lighting and view angle. I often paint multi-views or divergent facial features and planes that are just slightly out of alignment. I can color outside of the lines and your mind will resolve it. Vague and scribbled outlines become part of a recognizable face that you complete with your own mental image. In this way I hope to be the catalyst for you to create a reality out of ambiguity and abstraction.
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