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This series of portraits explore the relationship between the observer and the observed. Through the use of facial expression the portraits seem … Read More
This series of portraits explore the relationship between the observer and the observed. Through the use of facial expression the portraits seem aware and responsive to the gaze of their audience. The expressions of these faces are almost aggressive suggesting an irritated or questioning response to being objects of our scrutiny. These portraits are further made confrontational by the fact they are heads, detached from their bodies, painted on a large scale. This allows nothing to detract from the inescapable watchfulness of these faces and we see in them, reflected back at us, the very act of looking. Perhaps then, I am attempting to recreate the discomfort and uneasiness one may feel at being watched or looked upon with such intensity. These faces do not gaze passively out from the canvas. They are imbued with a dominating influence, which aims to provoke a stronger and more immediate reaction in the viewer. Read Less
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Untitled, Oil on canvas, 2013
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 2013
Untitled, Oil on canvas, 2013