Piece description from the artist
The style of this painting is heavily influenced by artist Chuck Close. He paints enormous realistic portraits from photos using a grid method. To create his paintings, Close puts a grid on the photo and on the canvas and copies cell by cell. I’ve employed this similar approach, except I’ve taken this image away from realism, and toward abstraction. I added movement to the painting by building my color on a foundation of grooved impasto texture. I love how colors can blend together to create a vibrant impression of my face.
Although the style of Daniel Carver’s (Dano) work varies, his approach is always the same. He begins by identifying a subject through which he can explore saturated, vibrant colors and rich, contrasting textures. Dano is inspired by the beauty that can be found in the degradation of man-made materials, the peeling paint from a wall or the oxidation of metal in an old truck. With each painting, he allows the subject to dictate the style in which it is to be painted.
Dano has had an unquenchable passion for all forms of art since childhood. But most recently, his medium of choice has been acrylic paint. The color is brilliant and long-lasting, and the substance itself acts like glue, allowing him to layer paper or collage. He builds up several layers of paint and paper, and then distresses them with abrasive instruments. Each creative choice enhances the realism of his paintings.
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