Artwork Description / Detail
‘My goal for the painting was to test a traditional virtuoso style based upon principles in Restructured Realist painting methodology; to blend both short-hand descriptions of form (loose) with carefully calibrated details (fine). My choice to carefully deliberate structure and anatomy through life painting are the reasons I choose not to use photography. Using these foundations, I am able to focus my attention to capturing the nuance of natural light and architectural principles in anatomy, henceforth to portray Enuake both convincingly and naturally.
Enuake Sirikige is a New Zealand artist and designer of Cook Island and Thai descent. His partner Jasmine had sat for a number of my works in recent years. Like all of the models I employ, Enuake displayed an enthusiasm and spirit that I believe is captured in this portrait.
I had recently studied and appropriated two Rembrandt tronie (small portraits) from the 1630′s, so decided that painting Enuake’s tronie, with the use of a dark background and Calvanist frugal decorum, I set about juxtaposing this aesthetic within a modern-day context. Beginning with drawing on paper and painted head studies Enuake sat for a total of thirty sittings.’