PORTRAITS

PORTRAITS STATEMENT: JAMES WHITINGTON

 

Expressionist painters like Edward Munch and Oscar Kokoschka brought expressive qualities to portraiture that made it reveal the person behind the mask. In more recent times Chuck Close, a neo expressionist in America, made large scale portraiture significant.

Like Chuck Close, my human portraits are influenced by my printmaking, not digital printing, but particularly the process of monoprint. They are acrylic on canvas 150x100 cm.

In my large portraits I’ve strived to convey personality and mood using the spontaneity of mono printing as the foundation of the paintings, focused on memories of characters from my life in inner city Sydney. I convey the life force and individuality of the subject’s engagement with existence without a mask of confidence, recognising – weariness, wariness, resilience, annihilation, disorientation, determination, forbearance, pride or sorrow – what’s going on inside.

Farah

Farah

Farah 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Russ

Russ

Russ 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Sam

Sam

Sam 106 x 75cm Acrylic on canvas

Yassan

Yassan

Yassan 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Madge II

Madge II

150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Madge

Madge

Madge 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Brett

Brett

Brett 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Sam

Sam

Sam 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Max

Max

Max 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Steve

Steve

Steve 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Mel

Mel

Mel 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas

Tash

Tash

Tash 150 x 108cm Acrylic on canvas