Sunday, April 27, 2014

John in grisaille

I recently finished an acrylic painting of a new model, John, done in grisaille (gray monochrome).

I've been thinking about cubism in the context of contemporary portraiture. I tried to express rhythm, shifting planes, and flickering light by breaking down the figure into discrete abstract passages, perhaps informed by digital glitches and pixelation.

My references included:

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Ambroise Vollard (1910)

Gerhard Richter, Matrosen Sailors (1966)

Andy Denzler, Untitled Screen Test (2007)

Rob Sheridan, The Social Network (Soundtrack Art) (2010)

We will have the same model for the next three weeks. I may explore the same theme in color.


  1. It is so interesting to see how your mind had worked to create the portrait. : )

  2. Thanks Midori! I tried something new so I thought I'd write some notes on my process. Thank you for visiting my blog :)