Several artists inspired me to create this piece. Andy Warhol and his iconic Marylin Monroe portraits was my first inspiration for the collection. Monochrome portraits set against vibrant flat backgrounds such as “EL Saludo”. However, it was Warhols portrait of MAO which I discovered in Berlin that triggered the idea to paint an XXL portrait.
As my next Show will take place in a Bullring I couldn't let this opportunity go without painting this idea. The space allows me to go huge. To give it a further iconic element I reached out to abstract painters to help me with creating the background which this time would not be so flat. These are my first steps into abstract which is not easy by no means.
On this occasion I want explore using a new material Golden colored pigment. This decision came from Gustav Klimt and watching the film Woman in Gold with Helen Mirren. The effect is dramatic to say the least and the process fun. I was inspired by Rudolf Stingel Golden Canvases and how he carves out, imprints and indents the metallic surface. Scratching on the surface gave me a tool to create visual effects.
Last but not least I was inspired by Gerhard Richter and his abstract works from 2005 for aging and creating wear to the background.
These are small steps Im taking into the world of abstract art but its slowly taking more space on the canvas and organically finding its place in my figurative painting. With this portrait I intend to give some closure to this collection but it also can be considered a stepping stone into a new approach for my portrait painting.