Unconventional Portraits of Maverick Musicians
Unconventional Portraits that are interpreted from a handful of press photographs from various angles.
Mixed Media materials used are; wood, wire, muslin, acrylic paint, paper, hemp & miscellaneous found materials.
The process starts with a wooden frame and then builds upon by layering, shifting and manipulating muslin, found objects, various materials and acrylic paint until it finally becomes something that I am comfortable with. It is the process of this movement, construction and the joining of surfaces that builds the face. Not carved, not poured, molded or pressed but layered.
My objective is to create a portrait that shows character and by building it out, I get surface tension. I'm not so concerned with the profile which I think can add abstract interest. Sometimes there is bas-relief happening but that is not my first intention, I simply want the richness of depth in the face. The adjoining flat and built-out surfaces are devoid of the formal aspects of a portrait or sculpture, allowing for some improvising which often results in variance, which I love. This deviation from the rules of perfection allow for what I feel brings real art to the overall composition.