''A portrait, to be a work of art, neither must or may resemble the sitter...one must paint its atmosphere'' - Umberto Boccioni
Sunday, 22 July 2012
This is an experimental watercolour painting using a photograph of my brother as reference. It turned out very differently than i had initially expected. I was aiming to create a 'realistic' portrait but i ended up experimenting with colour and line. It was refreshing to try out something new. I tried to emphasize characteristics that are unique to my brother, such as the beauty mark and his eyebrows, while simplifying the rest of the piece by adding and removing colour. I also tried to give particular emphasis to the eyes, so that they stand out. When i look at the work, i can see traces of Elizabeth Peyton, Jonathan Darby, Storm Tharp and Marlene Dumas.