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The One With The Face by miles-tebbutt The One With The Face by miles-tebbutt
Mixed mediums - acrylic, oil, aerosol, sand, clay, wire, papier mache and minerals on board. 1220mm x 606mm

This piece has gone through a few phases before completion, it was almost like creating a piece in Photoshop, building up layers to achieve the final result. The face is built from chicken wire, papier mache and sand. The rest of the image is created using sand, salt and pva which is then painted and sprayed.

Seen in the flesh it is very textural, have a look at these images for a better idea of the detail.




It is partially a tribute to 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch.

In a page in his diary headed Nice 22.01.1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image thus:

“ I was walking along a path with two friends — the sun was setting — suddenly the sky turned blood red — I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence — there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city — my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety — and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature. ”

Although my piece has probably more an expression of bewildered surprise rather than a scream i feel the whole image gives off the impression of a landscape in pain. The bottom section radiates with reds and gold, hard to see in the photo, it is reminiscent of a volcanic landscape flowing with fire and heat, admittedly more like the start of the world but really an attempt to predict what might be if we don't get our abuse of the planet under control. The face which i suppose represents us all has one eye closed signifying our understanding of the problem mixed with a lack of actual effort to change our ways and halt the demise of our world.
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wronatwist Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
woah thats impressive, that face makes me be even little scared^^
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meatbrick Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
This is beautiful...
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
It is the dimension that draws me to this piece. I like the layering effect, and how that is reflected in the person's fascial expression as, well, "layers of being" for lack of a better term. There is so much going on in the face, and the background supports it well.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
Featured [link] :)
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corrasion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
very cool, I like the texture achieved in this piece. It's a very experimental work but that's why I like it
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miles-tebbutt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
thanks Caroline, i'm trying to explore new possibilites and learn a few new techniques along the way! oh and you look very cool in your profile pic!
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corrasion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
well you know as an artist it's always great to expand your horizons! and thank you! :)
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gelpen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
great piece of art!
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miles-tebbutt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
many thanks gelpen
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BeyondNear Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Good painting! ^^
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