Squint

sam kardos

66.5" x 46.5"
Acrylic on canvas


Artist website

Artist statement

My
 realistic
 portrait
 paintings
 are
 large‐scale
 and
 attention‐grabbing,
 demanding
 the
 audience’s
 attention.
 
 I
 like
 to
 use
 shades
 of
 purples,
 blues,
 and
 greens
 in
 faces
 and
 bodies
 I
 paint
 in
 a
 way
 that
 isn’t
 immediately
 obvious
 to
 the
 viewer
 from
 afar.
 These
 colors
 seem
 to
 create
 a
 typical
 skin
 tone,
 but
 upon
 closer
 inspection
 the
 audience
 sees
 a 
spectrum
 of 
colors that
 they
 weren’t
 expecting.
 I 
like 
to 
layer
 images
 on  
top 
of 
each
 other 
in 
my 
portraits 
to 
obscure 
some 
features 
and 
highlight 
others. 
I
 want
 the
 overlapping
 areas
 to
 invite
 the
 audience
 to
 investigate
 the
 different
 parts
 of 
the 
image and
 to 
recognize 
the
 face
 in 
front
 of
 them.

I’m 
interested in
 how 
the 
brain
 interprets 
what
 the
 eyes
 are 
seeing
 and 
makes
 sense
 of
 a
 nonsensical
 image.
 In
 many
 of
 my
 portraits
 I
 change
 the
 original
 image
 of
 the
 face
 by
 separating,
 overlapping,
 and
 duplicating
 facial
 features.
 The
 result
 is

 interesting 
patterns
 and 
new 
areas 
of 
color
 that 
vary
 in
 saturation 
and 
translucency.
 


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