Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Portraiture in Design

I've been creating a lot of abstract art for design venues, but recently I've also been focusing on the place of portraiture in contemporary design. The pieces shown below are graphite drawings on wood panel, each measuring 24" x 30". The finished/unfinished dichotomy of these works parallels the processed/raw quality of the wood panels. Pencil drawing, my first love, has often been affiliated with nostalgia, with a basic artistic trace, with the technical expertise of the masters. So too has portraiture been linked with ideas of nostalgia, history, and humanity. The finished/unfinished portrait sheds a contemporary light on these qualities. I am interested in how these ideas are translated within the realm of contemporary interior design.

This interest was, in part, inspired by installations like these: 



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