The Same Portrait All Over Again

Acrylic Paintings (since 2011)

Technique: acrylic paint on wooden boards

Every so often, I like to stay small.
Painting on little wooden boards is as challenging as painting on anything; but somehow, as opposed to oil painting which requires a certain preparation and time to dry, gouaches seem lighter. They dry fast and absorb water, they don’t create as much mess as oil tubes, and best of all, they don’t smell toxic products nor demand a special cleaning process.

So the impulse to start a small acrylic painting feels easy. Nonetheless, I always end up spending days painting over and over layers of images until I am pleased with one. And sometimes, it is also about stopping, letting the painting rest for a while before going back to it, only to realize that it is indeed finished.

Your Guess Is as Good as Mine (Solitude III), 2021 - acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
Your Guess Is as Good as Mine (Solitude III), 2021 – acrylic on wood 18*24 cm

Above Me Only Sky, 2020 - acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
Above Me Only Sky, 2020 – acrylic on wood 18*24 cm

Is It Me?, 2020 - acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
Is It Me?, 2020 – acrylic on wood 18*24 cm

I Fear the Sun Is Broken, 2020 - acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
I Fear the Sun Is Broken, 2020 – acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
Be Not Afraid, 2011 – acrylic on wood, 18*14 cm
Untitled, 2021 – acrylic on wood 18*24 cm
Oh Me (And I Love Her), 2020 – acrylic on wood 15*20 cm

Would You Like to Hear My Voice (Solitude II), 2020 - acrylic on wood 20*25cm
Would You Like to Hear My Voice (Solitude II), 2020 – acrylic on wood 20*25 cm

Untitled (Solitude I – Study after Luc Tuymans), 2011 – acrylic on wood, 18*24cm
Untitled (Solitude I – Study after Luc Tuymans), 2011 – acrylic on wood, 18*24 cm

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