19 October 2011

Chris (Green Chair)

40" x 30", oil on canvas, 2008, private collection

Detail.

This painting of my old friend Chris Patheiger is the one described in this post as being the first of this Green Chairs series. I was trying out something new as far as skin colouration here, choosing to go with non-realistic colours, the chair being the only thing colored "properly." I then superimposed a matrix background but carried it into the figures, rendering them ghostly* using lighter tones where the figures overlap the background.


I only did four of these before moving on, but I have a great reference image of Kimwun on a green chair for a fifth portrait (perhaps this winter?) from our photo shoot the Kitchen Warfare Trilogy was based on.



*Or "hollow" –in fact, the working title for this series (still in use as the folder name on my computer) was "Hollow Oils."

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