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Oil on wood

Signed on the back.

A portrait of Mastaneh

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oil painting

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All art by Ben Howe

solid, timeless, portrait of a man symbolizing natureman sits in a gray room reading or writingIn order to create these works, a series of miniature sculptures were created to simulate the idea and feeling of an assembly, without any attachment to an actual event. After researching the most effective ways to depict a common figure, seven archetypes were designed, from which approximately 200 casts of the figures were made. Stripped of any intimate character, the figures serve the purpose of icons or avatars: truncated representations of a whole, into which it is easy to project a notion of the self. The dioramas were photographed and rendered in paint, using a technique that appears photographic from a distance, yet becomes more abstracted and painterly with proximity. Repetition, miniaturization, and fluctuations between representation and abstraction were used to activate links between the body, movement and memory. They are paintings of crowds without any people.
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