Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A portrait of a young man

A portrait of a young man, oil on card, 9 x 11.5 cm

Lucas, again- he is a fine model, very hard to "catch".

For me, the most interesting models unconsciously reveal some element of their nature: they are not entirely in control of the messages that their faces and body languages transmit. The process of portraiture is not to affirm what is known and controlled, but to reveal "the unconscious life of the mind" - to transpose Knut Hamsun's words describing his writing to the practice of painting.

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