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Painting: Oil, Resin, canvas on Canvas.
I wanted to combine both renaissance realism painting with my abstract expressive paint work taken from my series “Essence”. Its a dialogue between old thorough workings of the past and throw away immediacy of the 21st century , our time. It almost disrespects the past.
Portraiture was a big thing of the past, during the renaissance, and Tudor time, portraiture is breaking through the traditional moulds of only the hierarchy can have their portrait taken, now its global, normal for actors head shots, with iPhones, everyone can have it, making portraiture more accessible. There is a stigma attached to portraiture that it is a privileged and egotistical to have a portrait done, this is slowly breaking out if this mould, we are now using portraiture as a form of self portrait and style, a means in which we can connect with others.
It typifies that traditional portraiture is breaking out of its mould, into the main stream and into a means of self expression more than likeness and depiction.