Face Paint: Greg Hart

11 Sep

The advent of photography has really shaped us into an incredibly visual society.  While having a portrait painted was a luxury usually afforded to the most privileged, photographs were soon accessible to people of all classes and incomes.  Photography became a common experience, faces of us all, captured forever.  Charleston artist Greg Hart takes his inspiration from historical portraits, concentrating on the emotional expression of the sitter.

Bandage, charcoal, graphite, coffee, acrylic, oil and gesso on wood panel, 11×14

Hart pours through historical archives, searching for a face that grabs him.  He strives to remain ignorant of the details of each person’s background, preferring instead, to give us new portraits, carrying the same emotional intensity made even more impassioned by color blocking and dramatic rendering against isolated backgrounds.

Firebrand, graphite, acrylic and coffee on paper, 15×22

Bygone, mixed media on paper, 22×30

Serious, stern faces are rendered more warmly, softly reminding us that behind these steely facades are real people who lived and loved, just as we do.

Forward March, mixed media on wood panel, 9×12

To see more of Greg Hart’s work, please visit his website and be sure to check out his shop at Big Cartel to make one of these intriguing portraits your own!

Featured image is Firebrand ( cropped ).  All images are via the artist’s website and Big Cartel shop.

4 Responses to “Face Paint: Greg Hart”

  1. Jessica @ Artwork Network September 11, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I LOVE Greg Hart’s paintings. I am determined to own one someday.

    • Lesley September 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      Aren’t they fabulous, Jessica? Definitely on my “to own” list, too. Boy, that list is getting long.😉

  2. francifularts September 11, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Wow! Intense and amazing! Love the colorblocking effect!

  3. lydiapaints September 12, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    What a lovely style of painting! Definitely inspires me to get my brushes out! Thank you for sharing🙂

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