"Falling Apart, Coming Together : Portraits "                      David Sheldon
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"Falling Apart / Coming Together: Portraits"

" In this group of works I wanted to break free of my constraints as a painter. I found myself
locked into the role of ‘reclusive artist’ - walled-up in his studio world. I also felt a need to break
from my established way of thinking and working, which I felt was holding me back from being
able to truly explore essential questions such as , “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?” What was
required was a complete break from my previous mode of painting. I found that when I ‘threw
out’ everything I knew - all my techniques and approaches, my knowledge of composition, my
color knowledge, how I applied paint, etc I was able to arrive at a more honest relationship with
myself and the person being represented, and the painting ‘came alive’. At the same time, as is
my on-going interest - I found myself creating ‘arrays’ with the portraits. There’s a certain
vibrancy and wonder in placing them together in grids. The established dialogue creates room
for questions and emotions. “Who do you see when I look at you?” “Who do I see when you
look at me?” So, my interest in portraiture is about capturing a 'higher frequency' of vibration -
both from my subject and my own internal response to that subject.. The subject may be a
memory, fantasy, off the TV, Internet - or sitting in front of me in the studio. What's most
important is that I feel a certain spark, an interest, that captures my inner attention - pulls it out
of my head and down into my heart and emotions. It's not as much about capturing a likeness,
as it is about capturing something 'essential'. I want to see what the paint has to say, rather
than say what I want with the paint. In this way, something vital and alive can be created."
Each portrait is 20"X16", oil on canvas.
"Tamika"                          "Portrait of J."                  "Sylvia (Plath)"                      "Dexter"                             "Jody"
      "Destiny"                         "Stephanie"                       "Thomas 1"                       "Thomas 2"                    "The Artist"                 
     "David"                                 "Liz"                               "Jody 2"                             "Lucille"                             "Nick"
"Fio"                                 "Vale                                "Katia"                          "The Clairvoyant"                      "Janet"
"Monkey Man"                   "Red Head"                           "Martin"                               "Kristin"                           "Stephen""
   "Tim"                             "Caroline""                           "Rebecca"                         "Kate 1"                           "Kate 2"
  "Ladashia"                  "Marie Suzanne"                      "Rima"                              "Betsy"                               "Kent"