Project- Ice and Fire with Steven Assael
Hello Class, our new project is based on the artist Steven Assael. More specifically we are looking at his use of warm and cool lights to create intense contrast in his portraiture.
Assael, is an American painter recognized nationally as one of the leading representational figurative artists of his generation. He is known for creating portraits that use a strong contrast between warm and cool lights. His painting style begins with loose brushstrokes and develops into a more refined image. Keeping things loose in the beginning allows for an effect called spectral vibration. This is when contrasting colors are place side by side and create a vibration that imitates lights fractal nature. Please look at the work near the bottom to see the early stages of this process.
Your project is to create a portrait (either a self-portrait or one of a friend) that will utilize the effects of contrasting light. Observe how Assael's light direction and color help to create a mood. You will also be using makeup and costumes to help create a narrative about the person you are painting. The ideas is to create an external representation of an internal feeling. The makeup and costumes can either enhance a person's personality or it can contrast it. For example, if you paint someone with a sad face wearing happy makeup you will have effectively created contrast.
Steven Assael's paintings