The portrait: an investigation of contrasting and comparable moods and attitudes in a variety of sitters

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Charles Donald Rogers (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Andrew Martin

Abstract: I shall attempt in this thesis to describe a very unique journey, a journey that in so many ways was as much a revelation to myself as the subjects that I was painting. As the thesis title implies, these portraits are investigations of contrasting and comparable moods and attitudes in a variety of sitters. Before attempting this thesis project I had casually assumed that if the artist put the nose, eyes, lips, ears, etc., in the correct proportions on the canvas, the resultant painting would be an excellent likeness. In part I was right — I did get a likeness, but that was all - merely a likeness. After some very rigorous critiques with members of my thesis committee, after re-thinking and re-examining my initial efforts in the portrait process, plus comparing beginning efforts with my most recent works, I do see a great difference, a most positive difference in dealing with (portraits) something so ellusive, so complex as the human personality. In the latest works that I've attempted, since January 1977 through April, I've become more concerned with moods, with the attitudes and sensibilities of the sitters, and how these things affect me, the artist, in my approach to painting them.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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