It has begun. Deja vu is a wondrous recycle of that which one already knows. The return, over and over, just makes the work better, more potent, closer to that which one knows but have been unable to express fully and satisfactorilly. My new sensibility is... I am OK with this.
It comes down to this: suddenly I have a renewed interest in expressive physiognomy as an end in itself. However, I can't see me making single portrait heads in my search for veracity and truth. So I will continue to make work like the ones above, but I am also thinking of taking a cue from the British painter Francis Bacon (see below) by making triptychs where three individually expressive heads are played against one another. I did this years ago. It requires a little construction, i.e. three identically sized canvases linked together. We shall see.
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