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Painting: Oil on Canvas.
The New Yorker is a dialogue between old thorough workings of the past and the disposable yet playful immediacy of the 21st century translated through its painterly technique.
The profile is inspired by Piero della Francesca's diptych of the duke and duchess of Urbino, the cut out portraits from the 15th Century, which reference ancient roman coins. Usually the profile in roman coins faced right and it was unusual for a traditional portrait to face left during the 15th century, and I wanted site that time in history.
There is a contrast between the two dimensionality of the clothing against the sculptural realistic face, The bright 2d nature represents the technology and immediacy of the modern world in contrast to the sculptural feel of the portraits - as Italian portraiture of the 15C was influenced by a Flemish approach, confirming the realist tradition based on ancient sculpture.
I have called the piece the "New Yorker" as it was a follow on from another painting called "The Florentine" which was a inspired by a course I just completed in Florence. The New Yorker represents my upcoming trip to New York and to remember that it's important to be focused yet always playful and joyful along the way as it is just as important to your journey and it will define your destination.