Exploring technique and the one on one bond between artist and model through figurative representation has remained part of his practice since the start.
A portrait goes beyond capturing the physical appearance of the subject. The sitter’s identity and relationship with the painter become intertwined thus depicting an intimate reality on canvas.
This body of work is the exploration of the unrestrained action and thought of painting. As a reaction to the rigidness of the Academy, the series was born under the definition of being a therapeutic protest.
From working directly on the wall with unprecedented brush work to utilizing chaos as a palette, the traditional is eluded. The more unacceptable we are, the freer we shall become. What began as purely wild now has a regime and now a duality exists in the artist. Years after the academy’s influence, the series acts as a reaction to his other self.
One is never and can never be the same person twice. The self-portrait captures a moment beyond a physical depiction of the artist. It’s a record of one’s state of mind that projects a glimpse of their temporary identity.
As much as an emotion can reoccur, the way we experience it is never duplicated. The resulting work grants the viewer a glimpse of who the artist sees reflected back at him.