Mask Paintings

These works are paintings that the viewer physically interacts with to fully experience. The internal image is a portrait focussed down to the model’s face and the skin of their torso, but then covering the face is a mask. The mask can be reflective of the model’s travels or ancestry, but it is also a metaphor for the various social roles we adopt in life that bring with them different social masks that often obscure who we are. It is with this mask that the viewer physically interacts, opening it up to reveal the model’s face. With this interaction the viewer is brought into intimate involvement with the model and also with the painting. This viewer involvement is key to the work for it makes the object nature of painting clear and brings time into painting.

 

Keith

Keith with crow mask
2014
Oil on wood

72" x 7" x 2.5" closed

Paige

Paige with autumn leaf mask
2013
Oil on wood

72" x 7" x 2.5" closed
(private collection)

 

Zoe

Zoe with baby mask

Oil on wood

28" x 5.5 " x 2.5 " (closed)

2013-15

(private collection)


BarryB

Barry with Aztec mask

Oil on wood

30" x 5.5 " x 2.5 " (closed)

2012

 

Jacquie

Jacquie with Mardi Gras pixie mask

Oil on wood

29" x 5.5 " x 2.5 " (closed)

2012
(private collection)

 

Paige

Paige with autumn leaf mask
2016
Oil on wood

28" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

Graham

Graham with Mexican wrestling mask
2013
Oil on wood

28" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

Linda

Linda with Celtic mask
2014
Oil on wood

32" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

 

Leslie with Moor carnaval mask
2012
Oil on wood

28" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

 

Matthias with Spiderman mask
2012
Oil on wood

21" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed
(private collection)

 

Cindy with Kanaloa mask
2012
Oil on wood

26.5" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

Tina

Tina with John Lennon mask
2013
Oil on wood

28" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed
(private collection)

Rachel with tigre mask
2011
Oil on wood

27" x 5.5" x 2.5" closed

 

Richard with African mask
2011
Oil on wood

31" x 6" x 2.5" closed