Tuesday, 18 November 2014

5 more portrait styles to consider

A few more interesting styles of portrait and painting.  I will try and do something more abstract as an experiment, but I imagine I'll find it difficult to forego the likeness part of making a portrait!

 By Tom Phillips (1985ish) of Brian Eno.

Apparently Tom Phillips is also a composer and taught Brian Eno.

I like the mark making of red lines which lift the turquoise colours.

Could you recognize Eno? Does it matter?

A slightly easier one to understand. By Duncan Grant in 1912. Oil on panel.  It's of George Mallory who was a mountaineer and a friend of the Bloomsbury writers and artists.  He made 3 expeditions to Mount Everest, and died on the last one trying to reach the summit.  His body was recovered in 1999.

 By Robert Bevan,  Oil on Canvas 1920.

It's a portrait of Stanislawa Bevan. Also an artist, she painted landscapes and still lifes, concentrating on colour and form, and throwing in a bit of folk art.

She's exhibited in England, and is in lots of collections now, but didn't sell much during her lifetime....probably a bit overshadowed by her husband, Robert Bevan.

 By Michael Ayrton. Oil on canvas 1948.

The painting is set in Capri, where the subject, Sir William Walton went to recover from jaundice. Ayrton accompanied him.

 By Patrick Heron.  Oil on canvas 1949

It's of T S Eliot, and was painted in the year after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Heron and Eliot had a lot in common and enjoyed being a bit radical and were concerned with abstration.

Apparently it's the meeting lines and interactions between the blocks of colour that's important.

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