2014 and 2015 Oil Paintings by Stefan Stenudd
Closing in on the mirror of the soul
In my new rush of oil paintings, I started with hands, then hands on bodies. Now it's time for faces.
I knew it would come, but there's no rushing things even in a rush. In the summer of 2014, I found myself starting to paint again - with a frenzy I haven't had since the 1970's. More than half a year later, it still feels like a warm-up process. And I already know where it's heading.
This batch zooms in on heads, but that's just a step on the way. Still, this step can take a while. Faces are fascinating, even when they emerge from pure imagination. Maybe even more in that case.
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The painting above and the one below are on the transit from bodies to faces. The bodies dominate, but the faces are sort of emerging into focus. The new theme is sneaking up. I made them at the end of 2014.
This pair of paintings is also quite bodily, but the faces persist. They're sort of the same composition, with similar poses. That's how I tend to work, returning to images and trying to take them to some ultimate point, though still far away.
Now, here we go with the faces in closeup. Portrait paintings of sorts. The first one has a rascal grin, but the rest of them keep their mouths closed.
The one below is a favorite of mine, at least for the moment. Sort of a Renaissance figure.
I'm quite fond of this one, too, though this face is neither solemn nor somber.
More portraits will surely come.
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