This month’s featured gallery is Portraits & Figurative Art. Portraits are the artistic representation of an individual or individuals with the face as the focus. The term “figurative art” most frequently refers to the representational depiction of a human or animal figure. Often they are deeply personal – either to the artist, because of the emotions being expressed by the subject or because of the emotions these works elicit from us. They delight, disturb and connect us. During the month of May, we are going to take a few moments to catch up with some of the EBSQ artists that create some of these evocative pieces of art.
People, especially portraits, are my favourite subject matter. The human face is an amazing thing – every one unique and beautiful in its own way, the window to the character of the soul behind it. The challenge of capturing not just the superficial likeness, but a glimpse into the heart of the subject, is what excites and fascinates me. All the subtle nuances, the muscles at the corners of the mouth, the eyes, the tilt of the head, all can be used to convey meaning and expression and what it is to be human. – Mark Satchwill
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