Thursday, 30 November 2017

Portrait of Matt - inspired by Escher


My immediate inspiration was Escher's 1922 woodcut self-portait and I could not even contemplate any of his other work.

I was so struck by how contemporary this portrait is, even though it was created nearly a century ago. I based my portrait on a photo of my son-in-law Matt. It was hard to find a photo of him NOT smiling. The stitched background is formed from tesselated houses, as a nod to their new house.

8 comments:

  1. Well done, Helena. LOVE his hair and beard - I can just about see a lizard in his beard! Hilary

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  2. Well done Helena to use his portrait and then marry it with a portrait of your son-in-law. A great interpretation and not an easy task I am sure, but one you have carried off so well. Well done.

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  3. It is always inspiring to see each ones approach to these challenges. What a great approach and the marriage is very clever.

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  4. Even better when you see it close up - love his beard!

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  5. I had the same reaction to this portrait and am delighted that one of our group took on the challenge! You must tell us about Matt's reaction.

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  6. You are so clever to have created your son-in-laws portrait out of one of Escher! Brilliant black thread work in the hair and beard . I should think that Matt is delighted with the result.

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  7. I like your take on the challenge. The quilted hair and beard work really well.

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  8. Your portraits are amazing! Putting tessellating detail into the background personalizes this piece with such artistic thoughtfulness! So love the movement in this piece with your choice of quilting of his hair. Awesome!!

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