Hand-painted Typography Portraits

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    For this style of portraiture I was thinking about how after we die our physical bodies leave but our words remain in the minds of those we interacted with. I was trying to create this idea, that our words replace or perhaps transcend our physical form and allow us to still be seen and experienced after we're gone. 

    I begin these paintings by gluing old newspaper articles and other paper memorabilia onto a canvas. I then stain the paper background with acrylic paint. To create the face I begin painting directly on top of the collaged background. I paint the lettering working my way from shadows to highlights until the face emerges. Once the painting is dry I cover the entire canvas in epoxy resin to permanently encase the collage and painting under a hard glassy surface.
     
    Below are the five portraits I made in this series. 
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    Tupac Shakur 
    18 x 24 inches on canvas
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    Jimi Hendrix
     
    18 x 24 inches on canvas
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    Bob Marley
    16 x 20 inches on canvas
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    John Lennon
    18 x 24 inches on canvas
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    Pablo Picasso
    16 x 20 inches on canvas
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    Below are two snapshots taken while painting the Tupac portrait on top of the collaged background.
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