In the Style of… starts with a survey of a portrait artist’s over all style. I boil that style down into a summarized version and create a self portrait based on it. I have been fortunate enough to have been working on this project as part of an artistic residency program at The Hive Artists’ Hub, and have completed 21 portraits in the series so far. I intended to examine famous historic portrait painters as well as contemporary artists primarily working in paint mediums.
In the Style of … Vincent Van Gogh, 2010
Over the course of 3 years, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) produced 30 self-portraits and mastered a very distinct style. This made him a natural choice for the series. This piece was one of the more challenging pieces as the process turned into one of digital painting.
In de stijl van Vermeer, 2010
In doing the research for this piece, which was one of the earliest pieces in the series, it was Johannes Vermeer’s (1632-1675) unique use of light and shadow that I found most interesting. I wanted to play with that idea in paying my version of the Dutch master’s style.
In the Style of … Amedeo Modigliani, 2010
Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) has always been one of my very favourite artists. He accomplished great things in a very short life. I have completed art projects based on Modigliani’s work in both high school and college, and it seemed only fitting to include in my “In the Style of…” series.
In the Style of … Merle Pace, 2009
Photography, printmaking, handmade dolls, and jewelry are just some of the media Merle Pace uses in creating her magical art pieces. Despite never having met face to face, the Indiana artist has been an inspiration and a friend for several years now. I created this piece for Merle to cheer her up when she was going through a tough time in her life. For more about Merle, visit her website.
In the Style of … Edward Hopper, 2012
A bit of a departure from the typical “portrait” the rest of the series involves. It was created for a group show that opened at The Hive Artists’ Hub on Friday September 28, 2012 entitled Let’s Do It Downtown. This is intended to be the first piece of a mini series with in the over all series, which will be all be in the style of Edward Hopper, and be set in various locations around Medicine Hat.
In the Style of … Egon Schiele, 2012
Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele‘s (1890-1918) work is often described in harsh terms: grotesque, erotic, pornographic, disturbing, focusing on sex, death, and discovery… somewhat unsavoury for someone who’s contemporaries considered him to be the successor to Gustav Klimt (under who he studied). His paintings and drawing, nearly all of them portraits, and many of them self portraits, are noted for the use of twisted body posturing. Much of his work is erotic in nature and it is said he may have made some of his income as an artist for the pornography industry.
The series could go on for quite some time given the number of artists that have made it onto my list. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in a comment.