“Nobody” – Contemporary Oil Portrait Painting

Early in 2018 I was contacted by a charity called  Poverty Truth Commision and asked if I could help create an artwork sympathetic and illustrative to their cause.

“Nobody” was the result of much contemplation and many, many sketches and reworking and is purely an imagined portrait. Creating a painting solely from imagination is very difficult and hugely challenging especially as I really wanted to be able to produce a portrait that was authentic, meaningful and engaging.

Nobody Contemporary Portrait Painting
“Nobody” Contemporary Portrait Painting Oil on Panel 21x30cm

In the end, I was happy with the finished painting and hugely honoured to have been able to assist the charity even in a small way.

“Nobody” symbolises the dehumanization and isolation felt by those affected by poverty.

6 thoughts on ““Nobody” – Contemporary Oil Portrait Painting”

  1. What an unusual, emotional portrait. It’s really moving. How do you paint without a model or a photo? You’re very talented!!

    • Hello Mary
      Thank you for stopping by.
      I begin always with a clear set of written intentions, maybe a small poem I’ve written or just a scattering of words that help me connect deeply with the emotion and soul that I want at the heart of the piece.
      Next, I begin to draw. I start with many lose head sketches and shapes until I find one that fits the written intention and then I refine it and develop oil sketches from that. They then form the basis of my finished portrait.
      I hope that helps to illuminate a bit of my process.
      Best wishes

  2. My wife and I are huge art lovers, with a particularly interest in portraiture. We have just been looking at this and discussing how the sense of vulnerability is palpable. We’ve both captivated by your work and have sent you an email.
    Best wishes
    Terry and Eileen

    • Hello Terry and Eileen
      Thank you both so much for your kind words, they are very appreciated.
      I hope you find the email helpful.
      Best wishes

  3. I saw this portrait on Twitter and had to come and read the article.

    My mum, brother and I have been deeply affected by poverty. I have now finished my degree and working full-time and I’m able to help with money. People just don’t realise how hard it is, it’s relentless and demeaning, brutal.
    Your painting really moved me. if more people got involved we could start to invoke real change.
    Thank you

  4. Hi Sasha
    Thank you so much for your heartfelt message.
    I’m so pleased I could help in a small way.
    Best wishes

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