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Faces of the World

Portrait Competition 2018

Welcome to SquidInk Gallery's first exclusive portrait competition. We would like to thank all of our artists for their patience and hard work. For this show we will have a set jury panel as well as a popular vote system. So please enjoy and let us know which piece is your absolute favorite

~SquidInk Team

Winners!                                                      

Grand Prize $75                                              Taylor Maroney The Emotional Anatomy of Kyla

Honorable Mention $50                                Michelle Nguyen Entry One

Double Take $25                                             Julia Bui Benjamin Rivory

Popular Vote                                                   Ziba beikmohamadluo Untitled 3

Winners will be contacted regarding award payment schedule April 10th-20th

Diversity, A Human Experience & Expression

for this exhibit we asked artists to submit portraits to explore diversity, expression and human connection.

Faces can be mirrors reflecting the world

They can be books, telling you the story of their age

of the sadness and happiness of their days

Faces can be filled with emotion and passion

or empty and peaceful like still water

Faces can be all of these and more...

                                                                   ~The Squid, A little something about Faces~

Featured Artists

Alan Wieder

Alexandria White

Barry Scanlan

Benjamin Martins

Doina Iacob

Jon

Julia Bui

Haley Nguyen

Katrina Zarate

Krystle Vermes

Michelle Nguyen

Nicholas Kozis

Romero Garcia

Taylor Maroney

The Third

Ziba beikmohamadluo

Untitled

Artwork by Alan Wieder / Photography
Artwork by Alan Wieder / Photography

Alan Wieder

Eyes of Children: Namibia, Mexico, India

The three photographs, children from Namibia, Mexico, and India are part of my long-term project photographing children throughout the world. The focus is on the child’s eyes –face – as telling stories of the diversity and similarities exhibited by children throughout the World. The images are processed as tintypes, defying time as to allow the children’s pictures to speak.

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Artwork by Alan Wieder / Photography

Barry Scanlan

Untitled

Acrylic with sand and pumice

At The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, there is an amazing painting called "A Guy From the Urals" by Vasalii Andreyavich Neyasov. The painting is of a steelworker, during the Soviet era of Communism.

My father was a steelworker in Pittsburgh following World War II until he retired in 1978. For my painting I used my son as a model, the grandson of a steelworker, standing in a similar pose to Neyasov's. My painting is untitled, although I could just as well say it is my son.

Paintings by Barry Scanlan

Barry Scanlan

Second Shift Worker, Young's Bar, Southside Pittsburgh, 1977

Acrylic, heavily textured with pumice and gel

When I lived in the southside neighborhood of pittsburgh in late 70's and early 80's, I met many men and women connected to the steel mills. This guy always came into Young's Bar, a dive bar outside of one of the mills, after the second shift, dust and grime all over him. He'd immediately order a shot of kessler's whiskey and an iron city beer. 

Watercolor by Breanna Cee Martins
Paintings by Barry Scanlan

Barry Scanlan

Wife of a Mill Worker Southside Pittsburgh, 1981

Acrylic and pumice

Pittsburgh was a city in transition during the 1970's and 80's. The steel mills were shutting down. Early retirements and layoffs were common. This woman told me she had been a housewife all her life; she was proud to be married to a steelworker. She loved to smoke Winstons and could drink shots of whiskey as good as anyone. Her husband had just retired and she was thinking she might learn how to drive.

Paintings by Barry Scanlan

Breanna Cee Martins

Melancholia

Watercolor on paper, mounted on panel

The artist’s watercolor paintings fall away from the viewer like a half remembered dream; images of ghostly and phantom children, coming together to explode in kaleidoscopic colors.  Working from found black and white photos abandoned by their families, the images metamorphose into a dark vision of a life once lived

Melancholia is sourced and themed on a found portrait of an anonymous early 19th century waif, in a sanatorium, waiting to see what her fate might bring.  The image comes from the files of a now closed hospital in New England, and she faces her uncertain future with the steely reserve found in the cold winters of Massachusetts, but with hesitant optimism, as one who is waiting for spring to break.

Breanna Cee Martins

ChokeHold

Watercolor on paper, mounted on panel

The piece stems from a portrait of the artist Ian Healy’s Grandmother, named Rose. The emotional base for the painting comes from on oral history, narrated by Rose, of the day she received her first kittens and nearly strangled them from her enthusiasm and love, refusing to put her new babies down for hours.  I chose to represent the portrait as the fine line between supporting, and smothering, the ones we love.

Watercolor by Breanna Cee Martins
Watercolor by Breanna Cee Martins

Breanna Cee Martins

Mother Leeds

Watercolor on paper, mounted on panel

According to popular folklore, a Pine Barrens resident known as Mother Leeds aka Deborah Leeds gave birth to a demonic spawn. The legend states that Mother Leeds had 12 children and, after finding she was pregnant for the 13th time, cursed the child in frustration. On a dark and stormy night, Mother Leeds gave birth to her thirteenth child and cried out, “Oh, let this one be a devil!” And thus the Jersey Devil came to be.  The painting comes from one of the only known photographs of Mother Leeds, bitter and broken by the subsequent attention, standing defiantly in front of the house where her 13th child was born, and lost.

Doina Iacob

Red Passion

Acrylics on Canvas

This is the portrait of a spanish Guitar player whose photo I found in my internet searches. with his permission I decided to paint him because I was impressed by the way he feels his music, the way he holds his red guitar.

Graphite, Drawing, Sketch, Portrait

Romero Garcia

The Colour of sleep

Watercolor and Graphite on

Textured Watercolor Paper

Romero Garcia

Sullen

Graphite on textured paper

Paintig, Sketch, Portrait, Watercolor
Oil Paintns by Julia Bui
Oil Paintns by Julia Bui

Julia Bui

Maxwell Leda

Oil on canvas

Julia Bui

Elodie Jallu

Oil on canvas

In July 2017 I began a series of paintings of “couch surfers.” Couchsurfing is an online network of over 15 million users who engage in cultural and hospitable exchange. Through Couchsurfing I connect with travelers and offer them free lodging in exchange for time spent as a portrait model. Through Couchsurfing, I hosted and painted 30+ surfers from 20 countries (United States, Australia, Russia, France, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand, Ukraine, Kosovo, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Poland, Iran, Egypt, Cyprus, China, Vietnam, Lithuania). Although my paintings are all done alla prima within a 2 to 4 hour time frame, the entirety of the artistic process is days long and includes the time interacting, sharing meals, and touring Los Angeles with these “strangers,” turned house guests, turned friends. Through these portraits, I hope not just to represent the models physically, but also to capture emotions – of the sitter and of the artist towards the sitter.

Oil Paintns by Julia Bui

Julia Bui

Benjamin Rivory

Oil on canvas

Jon

Man 1 (Blind Contour)

Ink on Textured Paper

For this series I used blind contour to create portraits from live models. I wanted to capture the way my eyes move over the face of my subjects while also organically moving my hand freely over the paper. While the line may resemble a human face I see it as more of an insight to how we actually perceive faces. each person is a conglomerate of shapes and lines that somehow form a recognizable image. The question is, can we still relate to those shapes and lines when they no longer have the same relationship to each other? 

Contour Drawing, Ink, Pen, Art
Contour Drawing, Ink, Pen, Art

Jon

Woman 1 (Blind Contour)

Ink on Textured Paper

Contour Drawing, Ink, Pen, Art

Jon

Man 2 (Blind Contour)

Ink on Textured Paper

paintng of a child by Katrina Zarate

Katrina Zarate

Bathtub Kid

Acrylic on Canvas

I chose to submit this particular work because it references a joy and innocence that many people can relate to. I love creating work of people in bathtubs because it captures people in private moments. I work in a variety of mediums but  i enjoy working in acrylic because of its speed which allows me to get out ideas quickly and layer immediately.

Krystle Vermes

The Fade

Micron Pen

This work is a sketch based on an actual photograph, a self-portrait. The concept behind the piece is that there is always more than meets the eye. Nothing should be taken at face value. No one should be judged at first glance. Everything – and everyone – deserves a second chance. 

Micro Pen, Drawing by Krystle Vermes
Color Pencil, Hyper realism, realistic portrait by Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

Color pencils

ENTRY 01 (for voting)

I started drawing about two years ago during having a hard time in my life. I found solace in art and creating portraits because it’s the emotions that are within me that are coming in my portraits. My intentions for all my work is that it will always tell a story. You can imagine what the story is. I wanted to use portraits to do that. All my portraits contain the emotions of my subject.

Color Pencil, Hyper realism, realistic portrait by Michelle Nguyen
Color Pencil, Hyper realism, realistic portrait by Michelle Nguyen
Color Pencil, Hyper realism, realistic portrait by Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

Color pencils

ENTRY 02 (for voting)

Michelle Nguyen

Color pencils

ENTRY 03 (for voting)

Michelle Nguyen

Color pencils

ENTRY 04 (for voting)

Digital Art, Pop Art, portrait by The Third
Digital Art, Pop Art, portrait by The Third

The Third

KURIYAMA

Digital Pop Art

With my pieces I had hoped to contrast (while also harmonizing) two very different cultures - specifically of Asia and Europe. The first artwork is of the Japanese actress Chiaki Kuriyama, known most famously for her role in Kill Bill: Volume 1. The second piece is of an Ukrainian Instagram model Sarah (@b.fp). Visually this is a new style for me. I have done traditional pop art in the past but recently I have been wanting to do something new and combine some of my favorite art styles. What you see is a combination of my love for pastel color schemes, digital line art and traditional half tone pop art.

The Third

SARAH

Digital Pop Art

Sculpture by Haley Nguyen

Haley Nguyen

Breaking Silence

Sculpture/Mixed Media

I started this project with air dry clay which i shaped over a wood panel and then finished with acrylics. I was thinking about a lot of things when I made this piece, but I really want people to see it and to create their own narratives. To some people it may be off putting but I think that all emotions when they are raw and unfiltered can be disturbing. or at least make on lookers uncomfortable. As long as when you see my work, you feel something then I have done what I set out to do.

Nicholas Kozis

Untitled

Digital

My exploration of the theme of faces involves working from a model and combining them with my own photos and manipulation.  The results are a synthesis of subject and environment.

Digital art, drawing by Nick Kozis
Oil on Canvas, Oil Paintng by Taylor Maroney

Taylor Maroney

Emotional Anatomy of Austin

Oil on Canvas

My current paintings portray my interest in the physical, emotional and energetic body. With this new work I am exploring and mapping the emotional anatomy of my subjects through the question, "Where Do You Feel It?" I then proceed to have them place their own hands on the areas of their body that hold the most emotion, trauma, or stress. In this practice the hands demonstrate a visual link between psyche and soma.

Oil on Canvas, Oil Paintng by Taylor Maroney

Taylor Maroney

Emotional Anatomy of Kyla

Oil on Canvas

I began painting people because I like to sit with them. There is an exchange that happens when I am painting a living, breathing person. In this circumstance, the act of creating isn't about me, it is about the dynamic between me and the other. Painting becomes my way of paying close attention to those I care about, a way to really see them, to really listen. 

Oil on Canvas, Oil Paintng by Taylor Maroney

Taylor Maroney

Emotional Anatomy of Shelley

Oil on Canvas

This work is part of a greater exploration of the ways in which I can use the figure to visually translate an otherwise intangible, emotional landscape to the viewer.  I am exploring empathetic responses that can be prompted or provoked by using certain figural gestures, expressions, or symbols. I wish to examine how to use this emotional response to create a visual point of connection between artist, subject, and audience. 

Oil and Acrylic, Acrylic painting by Ziba Beikmohamadluo

ziba beikmohamadluo

Untitled 1

Oil/ Acrylic

 

ziba is an Oil and Acrylic artist in Iran, she began studying art 12 years ago. She is currently working on her masters in painting at university. "I am influenced by dreams of flying"

At first I learned Realistic painting, After that I tried Abstraction painting, Surrealism,  and Postmodernism. And now I prefer Postmodernism, And I paint Oil colour or Acrylic on fabric. Focusing on portrait and anatomy is part of my paintings style. Flight (is my main goal or aspiration), the oldest wish of mankind, is a symbol of tearing down the limitations and going beyond all frontiers. Today's artist tries to go beyond the borders and create a great work, with the goal of ascending and paving an immortal way for the years to come, while being influenced by the process of flying methods.

Oil and Acrylic, Acrylic painting by Ziba Beikmohamadluo

ziba beikmohamadluo

Untitled 3

Oil/ Acrylic

ziba beikmohamadluo

Untitled 2

Oil/ Acrylic

Oil and Acrylic, Acrylic painting by Ziba Beikmohamadluo
Collage, mixed media art

Alexandria White

Face of a Girl

Collage

For this portrait I wanted to use collage to create an abstracted face. I have been collecting paint chips for a while and thought that this would be a good use of materials as well as a good exercise for portraiture. This is my first collage which focuses on color and shape.

Untitled

Side Eyes

Digital

I have been working with Digital Mediums for 5 years. I am very inspired by impressionism and pointillism. I love the concept that placing colors next to each other changes their relationship and creates a cohesive image. I wanted to create artwork that referenced that idea. I created this portrait by using squares of various colors and rotating my canvas to get variations in placement, to make it a little more interesting. you may notice that the squares vary in size as well. 

Digital Art, Pixel art, Portrait

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