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Michael Roberts
artist website

On the face paintings:

"Michael Roberts' paintings, depicting faces in close up, have an unsettling effect when first seen. Though not large in scale ...they carry a charge which is due in part to depiction of the human gaze, and in part to the tension between subject and medium. Roberts has, over the course of his studies, loosened his interest in the original photographic image of his subject; and he now concentrates attention on the process of painting in relation to depicting skin surfaces. His palette of oil paints is harmonious; green and pink tones representing shade and shape. The brush marks and the colours both confirm and contradict the human being they depict; while engaging with the gaze, the eye is nevertheless drawn back to the physicality of the paint surface and so to the recognition of the controlling artist. These paintings are emotionally reserved, still, meditative..." (Eve Ropek, Curator of The Arts Centre, Aberystwyth. 2006).




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