Tag Archive: portrait


Iain Macarthur

Iain Macarthur (born 1986) is an English illustrator whose online portfolio boasts a number of styles and commissions. This piece comes from his ‘Surreal’ category, where realistic portraiture is melded with intricate patterns and designs. Macarthur uses pencil, watercolor and pigment pens for his completed works and like all diligent artists carries a sketchbook with him at all times. Reminds me of a quote by William Sprague: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” See more of Macarthur’s stuff here: iainmacarthur.carbonmade.com/

“Portrait of a Singer”: The enchanting oil paintings of German artist and former art teacher Michael Sowa (born 1945) feature a varied cast of whimsical animals, who seem to share a secret with their human companions, keepers and owners. If Sowa’s style seems familiar, you may have seen two of his creations brought to animated life over the headboard of the title character in the 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain: the two portraits conspire about Amelie’s love life while she dreams.

Ray Caesar

The mind of London-born digital artist Ray Caesar was warped at an early age, perhaps when he began sleeping with a book of Dali’s paintings under his pillow. Caesar combines traditional portraiture with surrealism, resulting in a bizarre juxtaposition of beautiful and repugnant subjects: most often precocious little girls with half-hidden disfigurements, time-traveling teens with hinted smiles at the corner of their red-painted mouths. Caesar refutes that his pictures are of children, but rather that they are “of the human soul, that alluring image of the hidden part of ourselves”. Take a moment to get lost within his website, where an animated gramophone will play a dreamy and liturgical soundtrack for your exploration of this incredibly alluring artist: http://www.raycaesar.com/

“Day Break” (2008)

“Madre” (2006)

“Sleeping By Day” (2004)

Rich Pellegrino

“Willy Wonka”: Rich Pellegrino is a painter working in Rhode Island and is frequently exhibited at Gallery1988 in San Francisco and L.A. Much of his work is gouache, which is a heavy and opaque watercolor prepared with gum arabic. See more of his work here: http://www.richpellegrino.com/