Clara Adolphs’ portraits are inspired by memories and captured in what might be described as a retro-perspective coupled with a thick impasto technique.
Using nothing but charcoal, sandpaper and scalpel blades (the latter two for applying texture), Scottish artist Douglas McDougall creates hyper-realistic portraits with a stunning lifelike
depiction of weathered skin and grey hair.
“My medium is charcoal/graphite on 300gsm Snowdon Cartridge, it’s a combination of drawing/painting/sculpture with a nod towards the discipline of trompe l’oeil; an ongoing
tribute to the classical history of drawing.”
French artist Philippe Pasqua (1965 Grasse, France) began painting at the age of 18, and explores various techniques in his work, primarily painting, drawing and more recently, sculpture.
The monumental format of the artist’s grand drawings and canvases is dictated by the breadth of his gestures, yet his taste for the monumental goes hand in hand with an attraction towards what is most vulnerable – bodies and faces. They become a halo, mist, smoke, stroke, vibration.
Spencer Herr is a self-taught painter from Arizona. His use of layering expresses an interest in the perception of memory. Having grown up in the southwest, Herr is fascinated with rough environments; his work represents this through journalistic portrayals of states of mind, as opposed to landscapes. Herr uses pencil, charcoal, house paint, and acrylics on canvas or birchwood.
David Terrazas is a Spanish photographer who lives and works between Madrid and Bangkok. He became interested in photography at an early age through his father, who was an avid book collector. Terrazas shoots fashion and commercial spreads, as well as portraits.
Australian artist Rachel Coad creates hauntingly enchanting portraits…
Eduardo Izq is a scientist who loves photography, and who’s female portraits are simply stunning.
Guy Denning (born 1965) is a self taught English contemporary artist and painter based in France. He is the founder of the Neomodern group and part of the urban art scene in Bristol.
Denning’s early work included an interest in the work of Franz Kline and was characterised by powerful, expressive brushstrokes in mainly abstract paintings. More recently he has combined earlier influences with an increasingly figurative style of painting. The human figure features strongly in his latest work and he uses this subject matter to convey powerful emotions.
“Painting is a focusing; a process of exaggeration and editing of a suggestion of reality. I can start with a skeleton, like a foundation illustration, perhaps taken from a life study or a photograph and then I start to manipulate that framework. All the time I am hoping for accidents with the paint as the accidents are usually the source of greatest productivity. Perhaps the accidents of paint give me a similar perspective as the viewer to the finished painting: the surprise at something fresh or something that is not immediately understood in its construction. This aspect of painting is like, perhaps, finding the uncontrolled intention.
I know when it’s right or, at least, tending towards right but I don’t know how to do it. If I knew how to do it, that there was a predetermined and guaranteed method, then it wouldn’t be the challenge that forces me to paint continually.”
© Guy Denning
Nick Lepard’s richly layered portraits are truly pervading.
“Through colour, scale and gesture my work celebrates painting’s physicality, both in terms of its application and its dependence on space in the real world. The images are bright and playful, but also macabre and grotesque.”