Portraits

Since ever I do work on portrait of people close to me: mostly family and friends. This occasional distraction within my own “program-work” becomes more and more regular now. Therefore I paint those I love, admire and feel related to or those I miss, like my grandparents who recently passed away. Self portraits are being part of this as well.

Mirror-mirror # 3 (Self-portraits)

Slef-portraiting, the most decontracted and casual portrayal process for me. ideas of doing selfportraits come and go, sometimes I suddenly catch one and realize it, mostly on paper but canvas happens to get involved too once the pushing is too exuberant.

There is no mean od keeping an visual diary like Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo used to do, I just work and analyse my face when I feel like. Nevertheless, I can say there are some stange pushings making me relaise a portrait when something important is going on in my head, much often under life-change or other similar circumstances.

I found one self-portrait dating back to 2006 shortly after my first voyage to Scotalnd paying a visit to my aunt ( I didn’t take a picture of it). I do remember another one I worked on while living in Brussels (now in private collection). In Paris I got to work on two or three of them in various and quiet diverse styles.

Michal Korman: Self-portrait, oil on panel, 2006
Michal Korman: Self-portrait, oil on panel, 2006

 

Michal Korman: First sailing, oil on canvas 50x40 cm, 2007 Bratislava
Michal Korman: First sailing, oil on canvas 50×40 cm, 2007 Bratislava

Michal Korman: Small caffé self-portrait, oil on canvas 40x30 cm, 2009 Brussels
Michal Korman: Small cafe self-portrait, oil on canvas 40×30 cm, 2009 Brussels

Michal Korman: Flemish self-portrait, oil on canvas 81x65 cm, 2008 Brussels
Michal Korman: Flemish self-portrait, oil on canvas 81×65 cm, 2008 Brussels (Private collection, Paris)

Michal Korman: Self-portrait, oil on canvas 70x70 cm, 2009 Paris
Michal Korman: Self-portrait, oil on canvas 70×70 cm, 2009 Paris

Michal Korman: Self-portrait, ink on paper 80x67 cm, 2012 Paris
Michal Korman: Self-portrait, ink on paper 80×67 cm, 2012 Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art of portrait 2

Once again inspired by my favourite maestro after having visited his exhibition in Centre Georges Pompidou: Matisse: Pairs et Series to focus on art of portrait. I took my favourite model’s beautiful face to start with a variation on famous Portrait de Lydia Delectorskaya (Hermitage museum, Saint Petersburg) and sketch her portrait split by an invisible line  dividing the colour composition of the picture into two parts not of the same size but of the same pictural value.  I represended  colour fields with help of cut coloured-paper and simply drew the portrait on this collage with black ink. It is quiet funny how this adventure based on Matisse went on very quickly to a rather familiar pop-art-like representation and turned (not so suprisingly) into warholesque painting.
Result? A very elegant portrait. I think that my graceful friend’s face dominating all the space within the composition has indeed got something of a Grace Kelly chic and charmant charisma.

Michal Korman: Karin, ink on diverse papers- collage, 38×32 cm, Paris

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya, 1947 64.1 x 49.7 cm / Hermitage, Saint Petersburg source:www.henri-matisse.net © Succession H. Matisse 2009

Andy Warhol: Reigning Queens: Queen Elizabeth II, 1985