As a child I was fascinated by a film about Barabbas starring Anthony Quinn which tells the fictional story beyond the biblically based one in the New Testament wherein Barabbas is a condemned criminal selected to go free instead of Christ. This turns outs to be a curse and a burden for Barabbas and the remainder of his life is a kind of path to hell paved by good intentions. Painting the face, for me, entails painting the emotional state it is in. I crop down to the face itself excluding not only the world but also the head and body. As in cinema a tight close-up connotes an intimate look at someone's psychological and spiritual climate. A close-up painting this large, 5 feet square, is an opportunity to suspend an intense moment of epic physiognomy. In this case the face of a man who's soul is twisted in agony.
Medium Used: Oil on Canvas