Meeting Andy Warhol
       
     
Meeting Einstein
       
     
Meeting Will and Kate
       
     
Meeting Haakon
       
     
Meeting Andy Warhol
       
     
Meeting Andy Warhol

from the series THE INABILITY OF MEETING SOMEONE FAMOUSOBJECTIVELY  2013 Oil on canvas 24 × 22 in (61 × 22.9 cm) 

This series of works deals with the psychology of celebrity, the illusion of realism in painting and it’s relationship to photography.

The Idea : To paint a black and white portrait of someone famous.  Give it a “photo” look, taking from photography the degree of realism and illusion of light on a three dimensional form so you think you are looking at a ‘photographic’ image of the actual person.

Use the medium of painting by adjusting the values on skin and hair, playing with soft edges, but not breaking the “photo illusion” and the validation of reality.

While the oil paint is still wet, take a brush and draw a symbol into it.

The symbol has to sit ghost like on the surface of the picture plane and in front of the portrait.

The symbol has to relate to the celebrity most recognized achievement

The Result: There is a complete contradiction of form and space between the “realistic” image and the two dimensional drawn symbol. This tension between the two gives the portrait the illusion of “photographic” reality. It points out that there is no actual realism in painting, only our subjective perception of reality. 

The illusion of reality in painting is like the illusion of objectivity in the real world.

Just like meeting someone objectively, without the filter of who we are, is impossible.

 

Meeting Einstein
       
     
Meeting Einstein

    from the series THE INABILITY OF MEETING SOMEONE FAMOUS OBJECTIVELY  2013 Oil on canvas 24 × 22 in (61 × 22.9 cm) 

Meeting Will and Kate
       
     
Meeting Will and Kate

  from the series THE INABILITY OF MEETING SOMEONE FAMOUS  OBJECTIVELY  2013 Oil on canvas 24 × 22 in (61 × 22.9 cm) 

Meeting Haakon
       
     
Meeting Haakon

  from the series THE INABILITY OF MEETING SOMEONE FAMOUS OBJECTIVELY  2013 Oil on          canvas 24 × 22 in (61 × 22.9 cm)