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Photography: Digital, Color, Manipulated, Paper, Photo on Paper.
‘Portrait 44: Rembrandt’ is part of the ongoing series Artist Portraits. Originally commissioned by ARTISTS NOT ARMIES. All digital collages from this series follow the same concept; an artist portrait in which the face is replaced by a work of this artist.
By combining the younger Rembrandt with the adult Rembrandt in this collage, the portrait acquires something visionary. The young painter seems to foresee the masterpiece to be made, the work he already carries within. The chiaroscuro of portrait and militia piece correspond and make the collage one. Whereby the viewer goes along with the illusion to literally get a glimpse into the thoughts of the young restless artist. Not only the dynamic composition of ‘The Night Watch’ contributes to this, but also the expressionistic curls in the wild hair, made with the back of the brush, underline this restlessness. The muskets seem to change into brushes. The different voices of the militia members as staggering thoughts and insights. By placing ‘The Night Watch’ in the shady self-portrait, the work also seems to cast a spell on the dark depths of human nature. More generally, you could say that this portrait deals with representation and identity, the artist as a work of art, art as representation of the maker, the group identity.
The Artist Portraits have recently been exhibited at Leontia Gallery – London, Popinnart – Amsterdam and Bedford Gallery – Walnut Creek, California.
Printed as high quality Giclée Print: Klein Imaging Smooth Rag 300gsm.
Edition of 10
Size: 11.8 W x 15.8 H x 0.1 in
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