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SIZE matters (poster)
Digital Image
2013
Dean
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Lanette
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Ally
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Dan
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Elysia
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Ed
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Eddie
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Eddie #2
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2013
Ben (Self Portrait)
Collage, Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Ehren
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Ehren #2
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2013
Rossi
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Sarah
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Cameron
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Jake
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Julia
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Matthew
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Mohammad
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Benjamin
Oil on Canvas
15" x 10"
2012
Lisa
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
Zac
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
Ryan
Acrylic, Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
T is for Todd
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
Daniel
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Forrest
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Jerry
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
Anne
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2012
Anthony
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Henry
Oil and Rhinestone's on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Obuck
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Mark
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Kathryn
Oil on Canvas
27" x 18"
2013
Adriene
Oil on Panel
60" x 48"
2013

Portraits represent my love for seeing and recording everyday life. At large, they identify a community of artists who shaped my experience in the M.F.A program at Arizona State University. Like great masters of the past, individual size indicates the importance of the sitter within the hierarchy of my academic and social worlds. Size provides a context of my recent and current visual and psychological relationships.

Since the 19th century photography has been used as a catalyst for painting. I use photographs as a strategy to employ reflective color and optical mixtures. Both bring attention to the complexities of figure ground relationships through the technical and visual intricacies of layering, texture and mark making.

Social relationships are embedded in portraits and deal with artist/sitter exchanges. The majority of my paintings involved visiting others’ studios to capture poses in front of their work. For the in-voluntary and physically in-convenient sitters, I created digital composites as a form of reference.

My portraits document the social pecking order of the tiny communal art universe at A.S.U. Through size I draw parallels to hierarchies that exist in the world around us.

Copyright Ben Willis 2013