Archive for About Face Exhibition


I have included an array of artists in my “About Face Exhibition” from contemporary to old masters with entirely diverse styles and techniques spanning a number of eras and art movements.  I have great admiration for each of the artists and have chosen them for different reasons, but one thing that links them all together is the face, they are “About Face.”


Elizabeth Peyton

Jarvis/ 1996/ Oil on Board/ 11×14″ (Jarvis Cocker, Musician)

Elizabeth Peyton is an American artist best known for her portrait paintings of celebrities and royalty.  Part of Peyton’s methodology is working from photographs which are either taken herself or by other people.  Peyton acknowledges the importance of photography as an inspiration source for her art.  I like the thin washy glazes she applies to her work which almost look like watercolour.

To view Elizabeth Peyton Live Forever at the NEW MUSEUM  click on the link  below

Chuck Close

Self Portrait /2004-2005/102 x 84.5 in

Chuck Close, a contemporary painter, photographer and printmaker, started his career in the 1960s as a photorealist specialising in portraiture.  This context changed as he developed his technique which has gradually progressed to include abstract elements, abstract expressionism being another influence. 

Close works forming his art primarily with oil paint on grand canvases, some of his portraits scaling nearly 3 metres in height.  Up close to the canvas a pixellated pattern of abstract brushwork is viewed but, as you move farther away from the work, a form emerges and the portrait is revealed.  I have chosen to include Close in my exhibit for this reason as I am fascinated how abstract art is blended with figurative art.

To view Chuck Close Selected Paintings and Tapestries at PACE/WILDENSTEIN click on the link below


The Musician /1929/ oil on canvas/ 161×96 cm

Tamara De Lempicka was well known for her portrait and figurative paintings of society people.   She used bright vibrant coloured oils painted on small canvases, normally under one metre in size, this being the form.  Lempicka was a fast worker, creating clean, precise and elegant works.  I chose this work because I like the soft cubist context and art deco style of the 1930s characterized by the use of angular forms.


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Marlene Dumas/ Jule-Die Vron/ 1985/ 125 x 105cm

Marlene Dumas uses photographs of her subject to produce portraits that are never accurate versions but are extreme close ups bigger than scale, creating an image that is both representational and abstract.  This methodology also includes cropping and removing irrelevant background, taking the subject from the original context and stripping them of identity.   I like how her process includes severe close ups and how she eliminates surroundings in her work and have now been strongly influenced by her approach.


Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower/ 1938-39/ Oil on canvas

Bride with Fan/ 1911/ Oil on Canvas

Chagall was renowned because he relished and publically expressed his Jewish culture within his art work. 

The context of Marc Chagall’s work derives from his Russian/ Jewish heritage which gave inspiration and also subject matter. These include childhood memories of Russian village life and folk tales. His French influences which stem from his later life in Paris are also important. 

With a genre virtually of his own Chagall borrowed techniques and ideas from contemporary artists and pioneered a niche of his own as a modernist avant-garde/ figurative artist.  His magical dreamlike characteristics have associations with Cubism, Symbolism and Fauvism thus leading to surrealism.  

 I like that Chagall borrowed ideas from the different eras in art that he travelled through while still managed to maintain his own style.


Water Serpents11/ 1904-07 /Oil on canvas/80 x 145 cm

In Klimt’s work I like how you don’t immediately observe all the subtleties in the painting. These become evident as you look further.  I am fascinated how abstract patterns decorate the hair of the figures in the paintings and are woven into materials they wear, sometimes blending into the background and sometimes almost overriding the subject matter.  I like his methodology of using gold leaf within the decorative designs which accentuates the richness of the colours, giving the works radiance and reflecting light.  The overall effect and softness of the colours and the brush strokes used gives a romantic dreamy floating appearance.



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Mla close ready for his close up, art am 96 no3 Mr2008

Mla chuck close:recent paintings: PaceWilderstein, Mod Painters S 2005, 21/3/10,  21/3/10  , 21/3/10,21/3/10 , 21/3/10, 21/3/10

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