A different take on portraits – is one of being faceless. It offers viewers an opportunity to create their own version of the image, to position themselves within the portrait or to think back to hazy memories.

What ever their purpose, faceless portraits enable artists to convey a message without betraying the source. Below are insights to these artists approach to their faceless portraits.

Dan Maccaw

American painter Dan McCaw was born in 1942 and raised in Montana and during his academic art career attended the Montana Institute of Technology, in Butte Montana; Academy of Art University, in San Francisco; Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California; and the Bongart School of Art, in Santa Monica, California.

He usually chooses not to reveal details of facial features. It would make the figures too identifiable, he believes. Instead he prefers to allow viewers to participate or enter into the painting without having everything spelled out for them. His approach is similar to that of a poet who relies on allusions rather than a reporter who depends on facts and details, he says.

Artwork by Dan Maccaw

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Balint Zsako

Balint Zsako was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1979 to a sculptor father and a textile artist mother. The family immigrated to Canada in 1988 after spending two years living in West Germany. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Zsako shares a profound appreciation for his audience’s interpretations. “If you encounter something that fits your life at that moment, than there is something special.”

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Guim Tió Zarraluki

Guim Tió Zarrluki was born in Barcelona on 1987 and completed an Arts and Craft degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Barcelona.

In his practice Gium Tió alters fashion magazine images with chemicals and oil pastels transforming attractive models into abstract, and sometimes unsettling, figures. The primordial picture is almost completely buried by a new geological level. Only a small part of the magazine is left untouched or barely altered, as a trace of the subject’s past life. (Source widewalls)

'Carla' by Guim Tio Zarraluki

Guim Tió Zarraluki & Conrad Roset

Guim Tió Zarraluki & Conrad Roset

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Guim Tio Zarraluki

 

Maya Kulenovic

Maya Kulenovic is a Canadian artist and painter. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada and exhibits internationally.

Despite the removal of particular narrative references to place, time, or human drama, it is not unusual for viewers to make strong personal identifications with her compositions. Her works remind us of the historical without depicting. (Essay by Anthony Collins)

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Miguel Laino

The self-taught artist Miguel Laino was born in southern Spain and has been living in London since 2001.

I try to express that interplay between the animating essence and changing forms of things seems to produce an effect that is perceived as surrealism.

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Always the artist

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