Maria Kuiken |

Gallery Arty Images

The magic world of portraits! Behind the surface everything is moving.The first series of these abstract portraits are called Mulberry ladies named after the paper I used. Mulberry paper has a long fibre; the surface is textured, which gives the portraits character: lovely and strong as the paper itself. The second series of portraits are called 'white ladies'. The women are sensitive, colourful, fragile. They have a mysterious reflective look. Finally, one of the black & white portraits from the series 'Marble faces', inspired by an old marble quarry near Azzano (Italy) - see also my photo's of this quarry on Flickr). The white marble had partly gone black by the passage of time. The old stones shaped their faces; a tender smile negates the hard stone. The 'marble faces' were painted with acrylic, pigments and marble dust.

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