ABSTRACTION

Da Vanitas, 2020

Both of these paintings were done for my experimental methods painting class.

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Visages, 2020

Many times I have been asked how I describe my artistic style. In the past, I have always been unsure, but now I can easily say that I would first describe it as expressive, but also as edgy while still maintaining a sense of classy.

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The prompt for these paintings was different than what I'm used to. "Da Vanitas" (2020) was originally a collage I made, in the same class, out of drawing paper, acrylic paint, real, dried flowers, and different scrap materials. I was then asked to replicate the collage on an 18 x 24in. canvas in just acrylic and oil paint.

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The original collage was inspired by the 16th century Dutch "vanitas," vanity, paintings that are meant to remind the viewer that life is not eternal. I feel a personal connection to this, thanks to my Dutch roots, so I wanted to create my own representation of the topic.

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Here's a close-up of the impasto!

"Visages" (2020) is French for the word "faces." To be honest, I just wanted it to sound fancy.

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The more you look at this painting, the more you see; and that was the plan. This painting was meant to be an exploration of the methods of paint application.

 

This painting was created by the use of hands, cloths, a paint roller, palette knives, and of course, paintbrushes.

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Can you believe Visages (2020) started off looking like this?

Me either..