Encountering the portraiture of New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris is an unusual experience. At first, one notices a surface so finished and so perfectly stylish we seem to be immersed in a practice of cool restraint. And then, in act of rebellion and color, all of this is wonderful written over with a slash of color. In this painterly mark making there is erasure of identity, and yet, at the same time a strange kind of revelation.
David Eichenberg is a figure painter who redefines contemporary portraiture by expertly capturing physical likeness and distinct textures, imbuing them with emotional energy. Balancing minute three-dimensional detail with flat nondescript backdrops, he plays with light and color depicting everyday people. Following in the footsteps of Diego Velázquez, Eichenberg prefers to paint those who traditionally would not have been considered appropriate subjects for portraiture—yet unlike Velázquez he avoids accepting portrait commissions.
As a father of two young daughters, inevitably Eichenberg paints them on occasion but most of his subjects are artists and performers. Eichenberg’s focus is on people who are not afraid to express themselves. He’s inspired by individuals who show compassion for others, people who know and understand the meaning of integrity. He’s captivated by piercings, tattoos, and eccentric hair coloring—especially natural redheads—and people who, as he puts it, “wear themselves on the outside.”
Marco Grassi – paintings with a greater wealth of detail than photos
By Christina Nafziger, author of Beautiful/Decay
The works of artist Marco Grassi are so realistic, they appear to be photographs of women. However, his work is not your traditional portraits. If you look again, these portraits have an offbeat element, creating surreal characteristics that cannot possibly exist in real life. Because Grassi’s incredible skill in painting allows him to create such hyper-real images, the out of place component in each painting is our only clue to these being oil paintings and not photography. The artist impeccably renders such a variety of texture; until we believe we can feel the glossy, sleek glass and the soft fabric the women are wearing in Grassi’s work. Even close up, you can see the details of each wrinkle, pore and eyelash of every woman he paints, intensifying the illusion of reality.
Beautiful Watercolor Paintings By Thailand Artist Thanakorn Chaijinda Jyoti Vats Thanakorn Chaijinda – Born 1956 in Chiang Mai, Thailand He completed his education from Rajjamongala University, Chiang Mai. He is currently teaching watercolor at Mae Jo University and Chiang Mai University. His inte...