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The Face Of Death Print

Antti Eklund

United States

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This painting reflects on the idea between historical death masks and the image of death. A death mask is about respect, the face of death is fear. It contemplates on our recent history: how close to a new Stalin or Hitler were we? Hopefully we will never know. I developed my original ”CJ45” exquisite brick orange originally for this painting. You have to see it live to be able to fully appreciate it! I paint portraits of people who have made an impact - on me on our society. I use oil paints, but on my BOLD Portraits I also use a rare ULTRABLACK acrylic paint. It is the blackest black in the world, it absorbs 99% of visible light. I started to paint portraits with oil paints when I challenged myself to paint the two things that are most difficult for me: 1) faces and 2) oil paints. I painted "Icons of Icons" by adding gold leaf to the background, reminiscing religious icons. That evolved into "Gold Portraits" by swapping the oil for the background and the gold for the actual portrait. I always enjoyed the paintings in their early phases, when the paintings seemed extremely light and relaxed. I am able to achieve that sketchy result now in my "Bold Portraits” - without having the painting appear unfinished. I dropped out everything extra - the gold and most colors. I paint the painting meticulously through 3-4 times with a very small brush in order to achieve the undulating sketchy lines on my finished painting. I hope you like them! Synopsis: I paint iconic people and topics that have had an impact on me or our society. I paint oil on canvas, but in my BOLD portraits I also use a ultrablack matt acrylic paint. The painting is signed on the back and has my “e” symbol on the front. The painting continues around the sides, so it is ready to hang unframed.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Size:10 W x 10 H x 0.1 D in

Size with Frame:15.25 W x 15.25 H x 1.2 D in

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"We all have a voice - my art is mine" I paint to illuminate injustice and expose the abuse of power. My goal is to encourage and inspire people to take action for positive change. After an award winning international career in design I switched my creative passion entirely into art - my deepest lifelong passion. Said of Antti Eklund: "Francis Bacon coming on Andy Warhol with Keith Haring watching, a touch of Gerhard Richter and a splash of Martial Raysse, a squeeze of Yan Pei-Ming, a drop of Marlene Dumas. But, no - genuine Antti Eklund."

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