painting oil portrait figure figurative model pose design portraiture

protagonist

oil on canvas
46" x 60"

2017

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painting oil portrait figure figurative model pose design portraiture

scavengers

oil on canvas

46" x 60"

2017

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painting oil portrait figure figurative model pose design portraiture

student

oil on canvas

36" x 46"

2017

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painting oil portrait figure figurative model pose design portraiture harmony

witness

oil on canvas

36" x 46"

2017

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painting oil portrait figure figurative model pose design portraiture harmony

visitor

oil on canvas

36" x 46"

2017

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PROTAGONIST is a series of works depicting both harmony and disturbance through figurative painting. It is an exploration of anxiety and vulnerability: turbulent undercurrents hidden under a calm, composed surface. 


By taking visual cues from film and theatre, my large-scale oil paintings reveal a stage-like, cinematic aesthetic. Like a director, I bring actors into play, situating them in scenes of heightened drama. Paint is applied in loose layers, creating the illusion of a shifting landscape. The figures weave in and out through these layers, both emerging from and submerging into their environment. In some pieces, bold pinks triumph over sombre greys and shadowy blues, like a blush overwhelming the skin. In others, colour is completely drained from the figure’s faces.


My focus is on the narrative and mood: seeking to be familiar but foreign, eerie yet tender, like recalling a memory full of heavy holes. The resulting images are collections of disjointed moments and doubtful memories, both soft and callous at the same time. Always appearing in pairs, the figures are occupied with domestic or secretive activities. However, I emphasize the interaction and tension between the figures, not the specific task they are performing. The series is a reflection of acceptance, being at ease with feeling vulnerable and learning to swim along with it -- slipping slowly and diving in all at once.

calm 
drowning 


calmly drowning 

and remembering to breathe

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