Monday, August 31, 2009

Softer than symbolism

Traditional format, abstracted and surreal faces, Jim Nutt from the Chicago school, the woman with hair like dog ears and a nose of stone...all the parts are present, but not symmetrically arranged anymore...the position of the portrait is in line with a long history of how is this painting different?

The decorative qualities and patterns of the blouse, the hair and the Gothic simplification of the shadows...the symbolic nature of the components...each representing different aspects of her personality, clues to inner workings of the soul and mind...colors are pastel, complimentary...with brown neutrals and expression to bind the visual elements together and focus the viewer on the whole...intentionally subdued, we carefully walk through the details.

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