My latest work is a colourful study of phantom faces.
12 x 12 Inch
I wondered what it might be like to draw faces on canvas with India ink, and have them obscured by blended acrylic, like clouds of colourful milk in coffee.
My favourite of the three is this one:
I wanted to capture the feeling of a first kiss. Eyes closed, and embracing the warmth of the moment, with a splash of orange excitement. I hung this 10 x 10 inch piece on the wall near my side of the bed.
The eyes have it all in this piece. The concept is similar except orange represents desire in addition to excitement. The face is nondescript and slightly obscured by green smoke. The varied shades of green in this piece represent renewed interest, ambition, and a slight sense of greed. Though desire exists in the subject’s eyes, there is an element of greed suggested here because the desire is directed somewhere it should not be. This is further supported by the overall obstruction of the phantom face…hidden feelings.
Finally, the last but not the least of my three piece study of phantom faces. In this piece the phantom face has been completely taken over by the hot emotion of attraction. The subject’s face has been totally obscured and only the bridge of a nose and an ear can be seen. I took my time with the application of orange in this piece. I did not want it to bleed and mix into the blue and yellow layers beneath; so I allowed the entire thing to dry completely before adding the final orange layer.
Passion, and excitement: I think my work is moving in a positive direction!
I painted this acrylic piece early in my career as an homage to my imagination. It began as a sketch on a piece of paper, then evolved to a drawing with thick black India Ink. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with that ink drawing once it was completed, and so, the bananas were born.
I have had a few observers of this piece comment on the fun and eye catching use of colour, as well as the fact that the bananas look very frightened by the phantom eyes that seem to be pursuing them. I really think that it is something that needs to be observed in person, as I also used a lot of relief and texture to add to the depth of the red background.
“The name really caught on to me once I finished this piece. So experimental. Sharp contrasting blue sky against eclipsing doom: a massive jellyfish. I worked with ink here for the strong black lines across the horizon. I wanted the image to evoke a sense that this large object was going to overcome all structures and life in its way. The buildings are made to be like melting objects, similar to a nuclear attack.” – -Anieksteph 2015
Here we have a simple two panel divider that was designed as a gift for a child. The concept I had when creating this was to have two frames stretched with canvas joined together with a thin hinge. The result is to have an open and closable apparatus that features a fun and imaginative design. When the piece is half closed it can be used as a play/dressing screen for a small child as it will stand on its own, yet is still lightweight enough to not be dangerous if knocked over.