Artist statement

This is an achromatic close up portrait of an old man. Chiaroscuro effect has been portrayed within the right side of the image, creating a strong focal point of the eyes which are central to the image, showing a concerned expression. This piece is a representation of the powerful emotions which were felt during the painful and distressing pandemic and the effects it has had on the older people. The intended goals for my finished piece was to get the viewers to feel an emotion of empathy from the man’s face, influenced by the artist Kathe Kollwitz who used black contouring lines to create compassion and sorrow, similar to the emotions which are trying to be portrayed in my art. I wanted to express the fragility of life.

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