Portrait #138 (David Hockney)
"For many years, Brenda Zlamany has painted portraits of other artists, including Chuck Close, Alex Katz, and David Hockney. She has also been a subject for them; as she puts it, “we are professional posers.” Recently, however, she has worked to paint portraits of those whose gaze is more internal—monks and nomads in Tibet, aboriginal people in Taiwan—creating large bodies of portraits that investigate the limits of the genre. She returned, with her daughter, to Hockney’s studio in 2014, not only to sit for him but to paint him once again. Her practice involves the long sittings and intense looking required of traditional portrait-making. The result captures Hockney’s warmth as well as his intense gaze, surrounded by the energetic foliage of his Los Angeles home."
I Love Your Hair
"Moving from western Canada to Brooklyn in the early 1990s was a transformative experience for Tim Okamura. He found himself “dropped down right in the heart, the birthplace of hip hop.” In New York City he found new subjects and refined his aesthetic mixture of realism and collage, spray paint and mixed media, to reference both narrative and the urban language of graffiti. His large portraits seek to capture an urban scene as well as aspects of social and personal identity."
"Amy Sherald (born 1973) is an American painter based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work started out autobiographical in nature, but has taken on a social context ever since she moved to Baltimore. She is best known for her portrait paintings that address social justice, as well as her choice of subjects, which are drawn from outside of the art historical narrative. Through her work, she takes a closer look at t the way people construct and perform their identities in response to political, social, and cultural expectations.”
Interview with Amy Sherald, winner of first prize at “The Outwin Boochever 2016” for her painting: “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance).”