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Hanjo Schmidt
About this artwork
Title
Study of a Head in Blue
Materials
Acrylics on canvas
Dimensions
h.120cm w.100cm d.3cm
Completed
Jul 2013
Artist

Hanjo's Description: The head of a man with mouth and eyes shut.

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JP
2013-01-10 06:07

I'm always very curious to see when I receive that email saying Hanjo has uploaded a new image...
This time a head study in blue: does this mark a departure from flesh tones for you?
What was your motivation for this work Hanjo? Eyes and mouth shut possibly mean you don't want any reading of emotion or expression, so for me colour is your dominant theme here.

Hanjo
2013-01-10 08:57

I'm always very curious to see when I receive that email saying Hanjo has uploaded a new image...
This time a head study in blue: does this mark a departure from flesh tones for you?
What was your motivation for this work Hanjo? Eyes and mouth shut possibly mean you don't want any reading of emotion or expression, so for me colour is your dominant theme here.


Well my dear, as you know I’m coming from sculpture. So a head for me isn’t just a face. And a face isn’t just a smiling surface as one could get the impression of from most of the photographs we are confronted with. It’s a three dimensional object in the first place. And as such it’s very interesting and beautiful. And when you stretch your face the structure of the skull comes out more clearly or pronounced. We all have the experience that when one gets older the flesh and skin becomes more saggy and so starts hiding this structure. Doing a little bit of face gymnastic helps to reveal it again. This is the basis.

The second thing is that one can do many different things with one’s face, at least I can. So this is a study of what a face is up to beyond the usual photo smile and before entering into the state of a grimace. The position shown in my painting Tabletop, for example, requires such a face. And in the end it’s another page in the heavy book of facial expressions that tells the story of life.

Since in particular Monet undertook it to study light and its changing, we know more precisely that the colour of an object depends on what the lighting circumstances are. For instance when you look out of the window later in the day while behind you in the room there is artificial light, the colour of your skin comes out exactly as shown in this painting. Colour is an illusion the light produces, technically spoken. So as always in my painting everything comes out of observing reality, only a little bit exaggerated sometimes, for to make it clear. There is no invention in it, nothing that comes out of fantasy, no ‚just for the fun of it’.

We are living on this earth since a few million years and up to now we only know very little about how this world and life on it really functions. For as a mankind we are exessively addicted to our own imagination and fantasy and to making things up, but not so fond of looking at things precisely and without fear, not really, but we should.

Kristina
2013-01-11 13:32

Hanjo ! my goodness you scared me ! First time I saw this I thought it was the face of a dead man. Second time I look at it . . . again it’s scary . . . . . third time . . . I got it ! : it’s a clown . . . . then reading what it is . . . . congratulations ! it’s a question of the expression of what comes before . . . just for the fun of it . . . without fear. Bravo !

Hanjo
2013-01-11 13:52

Well Kristina, that’s very very nice to hear from you. So you are still on the boat . . . or at least back on it again. What a nice surprise.
And don’t be scared, death people look quite different. But I see that such an expression can be mistaken. Nowadays in our part of the world we are not so very familiar with it, death no longer seems part of the concept here. But of course it’s still around as usual. And will be of course up to all eternity . . .
Thank for commenting.

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