Facing the Face

The facets of this artist’s obsession with the sentient face.

Notice I didn’t specify human. What are we beyond our current simian form? Something more akin to the infinite multiverse that we’re made of, methinks. As my drawings deconstruct the personal visage of self-reflection, self-awareness and identity, patterns of habit appear in the drawings of this artist.

This is the original drawing. Black ink on paper. 3" x 5". In the private collection of Mark Adley.

This is the original drawing. Black ink on paper. 3″ x 5″. In the private collection of Mark Adley.

This is the digital scan and photoshop re-tooling of the small drawing to bring out depth and subtlety through the use of translucent layers.

This is the digital scan and photoshop re-tooling of the small drawing to bring out depth and subtlety through the use of translucent layers.

Printed out and varnished, then drawn and painted over with Conté crayon and acrylic paint.

Printed out and varnished, then drawn and painted over with Conté crayon and acrylic paint.


I have two primary ways of depicting the face: straight on, like the 2002 drawing Cubisto, a keystone of my re-entry to the world of art. This frenetic yet minimalist black ink drawing informed my exploration of the world of expressionist art from that point forward. Whenever I drew after creating Cubisto, I knew the realm I was working in, and I have been blessed to be able to expand it as the years have passed.

Face In Frame

The other angle, and a very common one, is the yearning visage looking upward to, from, and within a quantum expressionistic cloud of lines and marks that comprises much of my style. From earlier works such as Face In Frame, to new pieces in my current series of photographic remixes, the power of the semi-candid isometric view of the iconic persona or being in each of my pieces is as much a mystery to me as to my viewers. It’s a dark cerebral imaginiationscape we can explore together.

But as the visual ebbs and flows, so does the breath of musical inspiration fill the negative space of time for me. I have recorded new music this winter and it’s available at my music page and on Bandcamp for your listening pleasure.

I can’t wait to update you on the new music I’m composing to be ‘paired’ with the visual art this year! Until then, happy post-Valentine’s week, my friends. And remember, there’s a coupon code (TYRPUZ) for my online print shop for 20% off until the end of February.

Eddie

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