Evolving idea for the Chimera.

In preparing to “paint” Stephanie. It occurred to me, in the hunting around of ideas for how I was going to paint… was.. why not ask the sitter..!! It adds much more depth to the painting if I paint them broadly in a way that they request. I explore their own visage, and their projected …

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2D or Not 2D: Alexander Khokhlov

The portraits in 2D or Not 2D sometimes look quite painted, and optical illusions frequently play a role in making you wonder if you’re looking at a two-dimensional object. But the majority of the photos give themselves away on purpose by leaving the models’ eyes open — two pools of reality in an otherwise two …

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Is wearing make-up a ‘betrayal’?

Mail Online: 11 October 2013 A set of before and after photos that show the dramatic difference between a woman with and without make-up have sparked an internet debate about cosmetics.   Posted by make-up artist Povilas Staniulionis, the images, simply captioned: ‘Make-up. That’s it,’ show a bare-faced woman with acne scars and shiny skin, …

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The Beauty Myth: Naomi Wolf

Wolf argues that beauty is the “last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact” Women have to look a certain way: thin, youthful, smooth-skinned, small-nosed, silky-haired, etc. It thus follows that your average woman feels ugly her entire life, and old for most of it.  The world has moved since this book was written, …

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Weird Beauty by Alexander Khokhlov

“The project is made in collaboration with make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. In these series we decided to deny any color in our series except black and white to make more accent on forms and volume. The experiment should prove that usual simple forms, familiar things or characters can be a main part of wonderful beauty …

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Seminar: 10 December 2013: Kartini

With the shoot from a few days earlier, and the negative feedback from Kartini towards the back end of last week, It was with some trepidation I went armed with new images, and a new direction to this seminar. The “disintegration” set of images was very positively received. In truth it went better than I …

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Disintegration

The latest set of images were taken with the deliberate intention of creating, firstly a “pretty” image., then degrading the surface to see what the effect would be. This was to take place in a bath, and ten liters of milk were used to fill the bath. The bath was used to simplify the filling …

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What is Identity?

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.” ― Andre Berthiaume   Identity is more than just our given name. Identity is much more complex than that. Identity from group or community: We can be part of a wider national identity, or a …

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