acrylic, chalk, ink on paper
28″ x 18″
“I have always been fascinated by the human face. There’s something about the lines, the softness and the sensitivity that I just feel the need to express in my drawings and paintings. This acrylic painting on paper combines this fascination with my love for texture. Several layers, many of which consist of different colors, together with coarse and quick brush strokes, give the painting its texture and depth. The motive is a result of an intuitive approach, building up the layers like molding a piece of clay. To me this painting is an expression of vulnerability through the veil of texture.”
“I love how moody this piece is. The texture you get from your brushstrokes and the energy of the mark making, it’s really excellent.
And what I’m thinking would really benefit this piece now, is if you worked at a much grander scale, because right now the composition feels really tight. The face bleeds almost to the edge of the paper, and I think instead, you should really want to show as much of that rich black background as possible. Currently we see some of the white of the paper, which I think is kind of a mistake. It makes the piece feel unresolved.
Also you can think more about the way you’re using color in the piece. Clearly you’re using a very limited color palette, of just very small moments of red and yellow and blue. But I think you could put more intention behind that.
Because right now, I think the color is most successful in areas where it’s used sort of as a highlight, such as the crimson in the lips and the blue just underneath the nose; (because) that creates a nice contrast next to the side of the face cast completely in shadow.”