This piece is an extension of my hyper-realism series of portraits I created a while ago. The theme is everyday, banal life of the individual which is left vulnerable and cold for the scrutiny of the observer.
The painting is overly detailed like a photo as the work ultimately isn't about the person, but the act of viewing people as monotony and awkward imperfection in analysing clarity, like a found object.
Originally inspired by the photo-realist movement of the 1970s, the piece is therefore a relative symbol of modern day life, the obsession with photographic selfies, transient experience and the emphasis on image and the moment.
This style of work is a direct response to photoshop glamour, fashion and social media narcissism which escalated in the early 21st century.
Winner of the Winsor & Newton Non-member Award - £150 worth of Winsor & Newton Fine Art Materials
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