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Original Contemporary Oil Painting
Oil painting on Wood
45 x 35cm
This portrait was initially inspired by a black and white photo of American film actress Joan Bennet. However rather than painting a likeness, I was more interested in creating an ambiguity as the face emerges from shadow, unveiling a presence of someone without revealing everything. I used impasto colours to create the effect of paint hovering over the the face, as if in flux, abstracting and blurring it to some degree. Combining colour with darkness, the brighter impasto textures provide a contrast to the muted black brown tones of the background, that is more reminiscent of old photography/film and classical art. I was interested in combining elements of abstraction with representation to create an image that feels more visually alive and emotive. The psychological intrigues me more than likeness and the abstraction evokes emotions. Working in layers, there is also evidence of a history of former paintings beneath which is I find symbolic of the subject matter.
This work is painted on a primed wooden panel and is fully supported on the reverse with a solid wood cradle so that it hangs flush against thee wall.
Size: H:45 cm x W:35 cm