Lustralboy loves to come across talented individuals, whatever the sphere, be it music, fashion, writing or art. One such talent just crossed our field of vision with his London exhibition, ICONS.
The portrait painting in oil has come a long way from Da Vinci, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt. And the change has happened most dramatically in the last 10 years. The catalyst, of course, is the Internet, creator of instant celebrity, nano-second attention spans and instant visual impacts.
Sebastian Ward Turner has taken this reality and used it to create portraits of today’s global icons, delivered in a way appropriate to our times.
Sebastian at work.
Don’t expect the minutely-detailed photographic likenesses of medieval art or the abstract visual challenges of earlier 20th century artists. Look out instead for images that grab you with their instant recognisability, not as a “likeness” but because they have captured the unique aura of the individual.
Andy Warhol saw it coming, David Hockney felt the need for a wind of change in portraiture. But it needed the new visual awareness of a child of this era to capture Amy, Gaga and George as they are, as we see them through the eyes of the 21st century and painted in a style appropriate to each icon.
Sebastian has also shown his landscape work. That too has a freshness and warmth that may echo Turner or Constable but still firmly resonates with his own style and technique.
As for the icons, do you fancy living with one in your home? There’s a choice of 27 to view on his website. And Sebastian will create an image of any favourite you might nominate not represented here. You’re just a click away.
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