42" x 36"
Oil on Handbound Canvas
This portrait gains its inspiration for the background primarily from the abstract works by Gershon Iskowitz he created later in his life. Many of his watery works are bleeding from colour to colour, but still take up space as their own primary form.
The portrait, however, has taken the colour scheme to a more muddy, complex level. I mix colours further and use colours in unusual ways, especially in the skin. The portrait is almost like an alien, a slight unsettling coolness in the skin and fire tone in the hair. To top it off, the hair is slightly chipped away, revealing grey colour. Is this unusual saturation, or goodness, covering up something, imperfect, maybe even non-living?