Thursday, July 15, 2010

Holly reveals challenge # 5- old meets new

Holly reveals challenge # 5- old meets new

First of all despite what this looks like, this is NOT a mockery portrait of Jesus! I'm religious and that wasn’t my intention. The portrait is however of someone who just so happens to resemble the “Americanized” Jesus figure, His name is John-Michael. Will I re-think ever painting him again? Yes because if I do, One-hundred years from now when I’m long dead and my artwork is scattered about the world, my painting of John-Michael will be at a garage sale. With my luck some na├»ve old lady will buy it for five cents, thinking its Jesus. She’ll hang it in her living room and be mighty proud of herself. I can't have that on my conscious.

This portrait is maybe the most bizarre thing I've created and I'm excited about that! For the ‘old’ element I was inspired by-Joshua Reynolds, his portraiture is magical in the sense of how alive his characters look, he chose oils as did I for this challenge. The cut paper was my ‘contemporary’ element. If you look closely, the eyes and lips on the face are also magazine cutouts. It took a long time to find the perfect eyes in order for it to be believable. Also the fact that it's a non-serious portrait would be considered contemporary.

Thanks Jen, that was the weirdest thing I’ve created in awhile!


1 comment:

  1. holly this is so weird lol! i really enjoy this hehe, definetly see what you mean about the jesus thing. especially with the glow around the head and the way you done j.m's eyes. i especially like the texture of the background!
    i'm stuggling to figure out the meaning of the collaged eyes. i know its non serious so doesnt really need an explanation, but the eyes are SOO random lol, it makes me curious to learn more about their purpose. it reminds me alot of the french comedy episodes tete a claques. i'll post a picture of it for you to see. when comparing the eyes in yours to tete a claques i definetly see you've nailed new meets old.
    ps: nice choice of joshua reynolds! love his portraits.