Tag Archives: portrait

SUSAN ALDWORTH

27 Aug

Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised (National Portrait Gallery)
Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster, the portraits by Susan Aldworth in this display depict three individuals with epilepsy. Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, the artist appropriates the illustrative vocabulary of medical science in her innovative printmaking process and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject’s sense of self.

I’m not a huge fan of print making, so I actually found the method and ideas whilst creating these portraits more interesting than the final pieces themselves. Perhaps because they were large pieces created quite quickly and perhaps because of the strong connection to health and science that runs through the process.
I feel like a great deal of thought and emotion went into these portraits (the artist has a strong connection to the theme), and I think that is probably why they are so successful.

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Collage Portraits

21 Aug

The Homeland promo poster has inspired me to look at other collage portraits.

ANTHONY BROWN
Artist from Liverpool

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  • Oil painting portraits on newspaper cut-outs about the individual.
  • People with a unique contribution to Liverpool life
  • 100 heads. Thinking as one
  • People from recent history
  • Multi layered process of news print, magazines, books, written words and photographs. Then oil and acrylic to create the image. Almost like a visual ‘diary’ of their life.

Collage of Apple CEO Steve Jobs made completely out of Apple products.
Created with the mosaic screen saver in Leopard OS.

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JOHN STEZAKER
Film Portrait Collages
black and white
surreal and fragmented

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DEREK GORES
Recycled magazine art Image

LUCIAN FREUD’s portraits can sometimes look like a collage because of the way they are painted. Each individual mark and brush stroke that builds up the image is visible.

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Homeland

20 Aug

I’d heard a lot of good things about showtime’s ‘Homeland’ (and some unnecessary bitching about how “unattractive” Claire Danes is…clearly people are just jealous)! So this summer I caught up on the first two seasons. It didn’t take me long to get hooked.
A CIA agent (Claire Danes), suspects that a rescued American POW (Damian Lewis), may be an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on the USA. The acting is great and I find the plot realistic, fascinating and exciting. You can’t predict what is going to happen next and you’re never really sure who is good or bad, who is going to live or die.
Danes’ character Carrie, is strong, intelligent and willing to risk her life to fight for what she believes in. However she also struggles with a mental health disorder and this makes her unpredictable, impulsive and emotional.

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I came across a promo poster for the second season and I loved it so much that I had to share it. On a pin board, photos, scribbled notes, highlighted information etc. make up the portrait of suspected terrorist St. Brody. With the addition of agent Carrie Mathison standing in front of the board and the tag line “The Obsession Continues…” it really is a brilliant and poetic image that examines the lead characters’ relationship and the hidden truths that they and the audience are yet to find out.

Oriol Angrill Jordà

15 Jan

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“I did not start like most of the artists I’ve met… A majority of them had been enthusiastic about Art, almost since they were born, as a native desire to create or express themself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like that (for) me.”

• Spanish illustrator
• variety of media (pencil, watercolour, charcoal)
• In his most recent project, “Blendscapes“, Jordà creates hybrid images with human figures constructed from delicate landscapes
• unique colour and texture combinations
• interesting displacement and reconstruction of traditional landscape imagery.

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DAVID GARIBALDI

10 Nov

Performance portrait painting



ELLEN ALTFEST

10 Nov


“Rock Foot Plnat” 2009

• American
• Graduated from Yale University School of Art (1997)
• A prolific name in contemporary figurative and representational painting
• Meticulous technical skill Awkward compositions and subject matter
• Elements that are typically difficult to find beautiful – minute details of the body like veins and fingernails, intimate body parts and body hair
• Lifeless gourds, desiccated cacti, scaly logs and unruly tumbleweeds
• Both ugly and beautiful, representative and abstract
• Paints from life, (personal engagement with the subject)
• Intensified details of individual hairs and pores create dense paintings
• Division of the male from into smaller parts adds a level of abstraction
• small scale, tiny brushes
• voyeuristic nature


“Bent Leg” 2008

VOKA – ‘Spontaneous Realism’

9 Nov