Oil on canvas, 2016–2017, 84"w x 60"h x 2"d
My current series, Urban Legends, features subjects who are presented in a fantasy role of their choosing. In this way, the works reference contemporary phenomena like cosplay events and role-playing games. By merging these self-aggrandizing avatars with the realist painting techniques of Baroque artists, I am citing a tradition in which adulatory portraits were primarily reserved for figures of high status. Created outside the commission model, the fantasies of my subjects embody culturally and historically informed narratives that speak to diverse contemporary issues.
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