These two artists have used entirely different approaches to creating these emotive portraits. Both use blue, both are close-up and personal, and both convey an emotive response at extreme ends of the scale .. from calm to hectic!

 

Sergio Fiorentino

Sergio Fiorentino (1927-1998) was a 20th-century Italian classical pianist whose sporadic performing career spanned five decades. Fiorentino also expresses his art through his paintings, because “I find it hard to do so with words.” You can read this wonderful interview with Fiorentino by IntroJournal.

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“I am inspired by its colours, the blue of the sky and sea and the white of the stones from the baroque architecture.  The blue I paint is sky, it  is sea, is water, which recalls the life and the death, like the amniotic liquid when humans come to life or go back to death…The anatomic parts of the characters’ faces are almost incomplete, some parts are missing like if they still have to be formed, as if the characters are growing inside a big womb  or are slowly disappearing in death. In other words, my idea of these characters, is as if they are immersed in a liquid of creation or conclusion of life.”

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Vaughn Beneteau

Vaughn Beneteau paints strictly from emotions. Born in 1968 in Ontario Canada, Beneteau found his predisposition as a graphic designer, instructing himself in all manners of art. His 35 years of experience have led him to experiment with a multitude of different media: Oil, Bic pen, acrylic, charcoal, ash, wax, Posca. These, he writes, help him to achieve his aim of creating: “Empty portrait glances; scrawny bodies that do not have the black traits which emerge. Sometimes splashes of bright colour appear in the mass of heads, hands, hooked arms disproportionate . . . as to mean that these beings are alive!” Vaughn is continuously working towards exhibitions worldwide.

Sourced from: Art Peoples Gallery

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Always the artist

Dina