Done as assignment #2 for Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques (free online Coursera class). Theme was fantastic art (dada, surrealism) so I had to explore that.
We also have to write an artist statement there so here goes (oh boy, I don’t like talking like this about my pieces, but it gets graded so I kinda have to (explain the how, what and why)):
This is a self-portrait in oils, a continuation from my first self-portrait, Rainbow Man. It’s painted on rough canvas to give it a texture and oils were chosen for the rich, vibrant colors, but kept very thick to give it the heavy, dark feeling. It is digitally painted using a Wacom graphic tablet in ArtRage.
The man looks like he almost turned into a statue and all his essence is slowly dripping away from him over time. He is disintegrating, his colors being taken away from him until just the skeleton remains and then that is destroyed as well.
The portrait explores the feeling of becoming numb, paralyzed by life’s experiences. Certain things have happened to me that have made me reluctant to take action, to approach people. This is the visual representation of how it made me feel. The portrait might make you feel uncomfortable, distant. Maybe also curious, but morbid. It’s how I feel on the other side of the canvas. Well, sometimes.