Thursday, 25 September 2008

Portrait Project: Update #1

Portrait Project - Early research

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rather than create something that accurately resembles somebody in the physical sense, Jean-Michel Basquiat would rather look inside himself and that person and simply paint what he feels.

John Bellany

The Scottish artist John Bellany uses the idea that a portrait can tell something about the person that is being painted. Whether it be the feelings of the painter towards said person or whether it the way that person communicates the way they are feeling with the painter.

Pablo Picasso

Rather than tell something about his personality or inner-self, these images tell us what was influencing Picasso at the time. The left one in particular shows the influence of African tribal masks which were highly influential for Picasso. The one on the right seems to be fairly similar
although it has a slightly more surreal look which is perhaps the basis for his later work with Cubism.

Egon Schiele

Egon Schiele uses the idea of a portrait to tell something about his inner-most feelings. Schieles work ranges from fairly normal examinations of himself, to much darker and sinister images of himself such as the one on the right depicting him masturbating in a black leather coat.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman's work deals with the idea of masquerade and hiding your true identity. While we know that this is Cindy Sherman all of these pictures suggest that she is not Cindy Sherman rather she is hiding behind a different character in each of these pictures. All these characters have their own stories and lives, none of them is really Cindy Sherman.