Work in progress. Selection of portraits capturing the faces of various artists in Monaco.
Without a specific reference to each artist's specific practice, these portraits bring you closer to discover the artist as a person, outside of their performance arena, through the humanist tradition of classical portraiture.
Each portrait is life size, drawn in charcoal & white chalk on toned paper, 50x65cm. In addition to these studio portraits, various in-situ preparatory pencil sketches are also presented here.
Portraits are painted or drawn from life, from several individual sittings with the model posing in front of the artist. To capture the full story of a person, it is necessary to observe many different facets of the person, from several moments in time. It is rare for a photograph to capture the fullness of our presence, but a painting can capture an accumulation of many moments that can tell a fuller story.
For more information about the portrait process, click here.
It is not the intention for a painting to imitate a photograph. A painting aims to bring together an impression made from several moments over time, to create a believable presence on canvas.
Outside of commissions, personal figurative projects also are worked on from life, with a model, with the exact set-up being recreated at every session. These works can pursue two different paths: Some projects can pursue a symbolic narrative with layered meanings. Others explore the simple beauty of light and atmosphere revealing a striking personality
Portrait of a Lady, 140 x 100 cm, oil on canvas
Sisters.90 x 110cm, oil on canvas
Our lost territories, 140x100cm, oil on canvas.
Our lost territories, 140x100cm, oil on canvas.
The artists' father, 100 x 120cm, oil on canvas
Lucie's profile, oil on canvas, 40x50cm
The jewelsmith, 70 x 100cm, oil on canvas
The red jacket, 70 x 80cm, oil on canvas
Girl in red (Elpida), 60 x 70cm, oil on canvas
Calm before the storm. 60 x 80cm, oil on canvas
La Salvatrice, 100 x 330 cm oil on canvas
Decisions. 80 x 90 cm, oil on canvas
Reflective creation. 80 x 140, oil on canvas
The white feather. 80 x 90 cm, oil on canvas
Paintings from the "Elysium: Artists for the Arctic" 2015 expedition. Paintings and drawings made on site, during a four week expedition across the Arctic regions of Svalbard, pack-ice at 82°N, west coast of Greenland and east coast of Iceland.
A selection were later enlarged in the studio, using on-site studies, colour sketches, charcoal and pencil drawings. For a full account of he expedition, and photos of the wildlife, click here
The ice frontier. Oil on canvas, 100x70cm.
Arctic glacier. oil on board. 40x30cm.
Kings bay, Svalbard. Oil on board. 30x20cm.
Skua on pack-ice 81°N. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 25x32cm.
Scoresbysund, Greenland. Pastel on toned paper, 25x32cm.
Amsterdamoya/ Smeerenburg. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 25x32cm.
Clouds above pack-ice. Oil on board.20x30cm.
Approaching pack-ice (and bear kill). oil on board. 20x30cm.
Glacier at Scoresbysund, Greenland. Oil on board. 20x30cm.
Virgohamma, Frambreen glacier. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper.32x25cm.
Pack-ice 81°N. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 25x32cm.
Snowy cliffs, Scoresbysund, Greenland. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 25x32cm.
Polar bear sleeping on pack-ice. Oil on board. 20x30cm.
Sun above pack-ice. Oil on board. 20x30cm.
Longyearbyen. Oil on board. 30x20cm.
Fuglefjord, charcoal & white chalk on toned paper, 32x25cm.
Polar bear encounter. Pastel on toned paper. 32x25cm.
Lilliebrookbreen, Svalbard. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 32x25cm.
Scoresbysund, Greenland. Oil on board. 20x30cm.
Pack-ice underwater glow, oil on canvas, 40x70cm.
Red island, Greenland, oil on panel, 20x30cm.
Greenland icebergs, pastel on toned paper, 32x25cm
14th July Glacier, charcoal & white chalk on toned paper, 32x25cm.
King's bay, oil on canvas, 70x50cm.
Village at Gryllefjord, oil on panel, 20x30cm.
Scoresbysund, Greenland. Charcoal & white chalk on toned paper. 32x25cm
Arctic sunset, oil on canvas, 80x60cm.
Work painted outdoors or enlarged in the studio from sketches.
Wherever possible, I have made a link from my painting to the actual site where I was working. Click on part of the title, and you can find out more.
Jean Simeon Chardin, and Emil Carlsen are amongst some of the best still life painters, both able to bring inanimate objects to life, infusing an otherwise ordinary space with personality and atmosphere.
The theme of the still life can extend beyond just the typical "bowl of fruit". It can even be narrative, take on symbolic meanings, or take on a larger space such as an interior, where light is creating a certain mood beyond the simple representation of objects.
The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. 100x100cm, oil on canvas.
Asparagus. 35 x 25cm, oil on board
A dry year. 70 x 50cm, oil on canvas
Keeping Vigil. 55x75cm, oil on canvas.
Lemon juice.25 x 35 cm, oil on panel
Reclining rose. 20 x 50 cm, oil on panel
Keeping warm. 60x40cm, oil on canvas
The mask.50x 70cm, oil on canvas
Eggs in line.40 x 50cm, oil on canvas
Audible silence. 30x 50cm, oil on board.
Grapes between bricks. Oil on panel. 30x40cm
Plein-air oil paintings, ranging across the continents, from Europe and America, to Asia.
Mt de l'Abysee, franco Italian Alps, oil on panel, 20x30cm
Peaks above Lake Como, oil on panel, 20x30cm
view from Shilthorn 2970m (Mürren switzerland)oil on panel, 20x30cm
Valley of Sallanches, Haute-Savoie, oil on panel, 30x40cm
Taj Mahal, Agra. Oil on panel, 20x30cm
Monkey Temple, Jaipur, 20x30cm
morning light, Amber fort, Jaipur. Oil on panel, 20x30cm.
Early morning mist in Agra, India. Oil on panel, 20x30cm,
Mount Toro, California. oil on panel, 30x40cm
Amber fort evening light, Jaipur. Oil on panel, 20x30cm
Guillemont Island, Monterey. Oil on panel, 20x30cm
Yamuna river with Taj Mahal, Agra. Oil on panel, 20x30cm
Point Lobos, Monterey. Oil on panel, 25x35cm.
Pfeiffer beach, California. Oil on panel, 25x35cm.
Mist at point Lobos, California. Oil on panel, 25x35cm