Piece description from the artist
This work has been influenced by the artist Chuck Close. He is best known for painting enormous realistic portraits from photos using a grid method. To create his paintings, Close lays a grid a photo reference and meticulously copies the image cell by cell onto a massively large canvas. I’ve employed this similar approach, except I’ve taken my images further away from realism. I’ve attempted to combine the Chuck Close’s technique, except I've employed techniques and textures that are uniquely my own. I’ve also chosen to work with small and medium-size canvases in order to achieve an abstract aesthetic when seen at a close distance. However, when the painting is seen at about 100 feet, a striking portrait comes in to full view. In this case, I've chosen to paint a portrait of man with a beard and a red cap.