This is a highly detailed large scale image exploring the moment between the visual identity of the subject and its disintegration into patterned configuration or abstraction: image on the edge of figuration.
Taken from an original photograph and then digitally manipulated it was executed on canvas using the traditional method of oil glaze painting. I use this method with layers of transparent colour (without the use of white) and glaze applied onto a white oil primed ground - a slow and meticulous process which gives a luminosity and depth to the colour.