Voyeur Painting by David Holcomb

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The artwork framed on the worktable, with paint and brushes nearby to indicate scale.
A closeup detail image of the artwork.
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Painting: Acrylic on Wood.

"Voyeur", 2015 - acrylic and cut-paper collage on plywood, 16 inches tall by 12 inches wide (40 x 30 cm).

The word "voyeur" is from the French, one who views or inspects.

Writer Christopher Isherwood famously began his novel "Goodbye to Berlin" with the line "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking." In its modern English-language interpretation, the word "voyeur" often refers to someone who - like a camera - closely observes the most intimate lives of the people around him, but without a true personal connection or emotional engagement.

The painting is on lightweight 1/4” plywood, primed with white acrylic gesso. The image is built up in layers: acrylic paint amended with plaster dust is alternated with cut paper, each layer sanded smooth and lightly varnished before the next is added, with details allowed to emerge or erode as the process requires -- much the way an individual's view of the people around him/her is fragmented by the stresses and influences of day-to-day existence.

The completed picture has been lightly varnished for UV protection, framed in a wood “floater” frame, ready to hang; it is signed and dated both front and back, with title on back.


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Voyeur

David Holcomb

United States

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Size: 12 W x 16 H x 0.3 in

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