Reflections 2 (2020)
The artist's intention is to engage the viewer by inviting them to interpret the thoughts and emotions of the woman depicted in the portrait. The painting's composition emphasizes the power of the eyes to convey unspoken feelings, as the saying goes, "We try to hide our feelings, but we forget that our eyes speak."
The painting depicts an elegant lady of color wearing a luxurious lace collar, which adds to the overall aesthetic of the artwork. This portrayal is significant because it challenges historical norms and Eurocentric beauty standards that have traditionally dominated Western art. By featuring a person of color in a prominent and graceful position, the artist seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty and diversity of all individuals, regardless of race or ethnicity. The lace collar, which was a symbol of status and wealth during the Renaissance period, further emphasizes the woman's regal appearance and hints at the possibility of a rich and complex backstory. Through this portrayal, the artist also aims to spark conversations and reflections on the representation of people of color in art and society at large.
The artist's style is characterized by a delicate and timeless approach, with meticulous attention to detail that draws inspiration from the Renaissance Masters.
Reference Image: Gemmy Woud Binnendjik
Oil on Cotton Linen