4: Portraits

Portraits as a ‘likeness’ of an individual captured through painting, drawing and/or photography have been a part of human culture since prehistoric times. However portraits can have many different purposes that affect the way in which the concept of ‘likeness’ is interpreted,  the form of ‘capturing’.

Portrait approaches

Project 4.1 Rosie: Portrait of a Friend

I used a pastel portrait of a life model called Rosie as the basis for a series of expressionist monoprint collages.

Key inspirations are:

Project 4.2 A self-portrait

Here I took a more figurative approach focusing on line and tone from charcoal drawings inspired by:

  • Kathe Kollwitz
  • Egon Schiele
  • Lucien Freud
  • Luc Tuymans
  • Marlene Dumas

Starting with back-traced and subtracted monoprints I developed these into combination photo-lithography and drypoint images.

Assignment 4 Life in Red White Black : Abstract self-portrait

These collagraphed drypoint images took a much more symbolic approach attempting to capture inner feelings from a series of events in my life inspired by:

Louise Bourgeois

Tracey Emin