Size: 11"W x 14"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I recently came across a series of colorized photographs of generals from the US Civil War. I've been intrigued with the look of colorized, black-and-white photographs, since I was child. I am 35 years old and I grew up in a time where I witnessed technology really enhanced and changed the way people lived and worked. I went to high school when the internet was first beginning and I didn't get a cell phone until after I graduated. Colorizing photographs reminds me of old photos that I would look through as a child. When I came across this recent batch of photos of generals of the Civil War it not only was nostalgic but the enhancement of colorizing photos has really come a long way. They look dreamy and surreal; as if you are traveling through time. I also chose to turn these photos into portraits because of the current climate within the United States. I feel that we are more divided as a nation, politically-speaking, nor more than ever. I chose to leave the identities and the sides these generals were fighting for as a mystery, to allow the viewer to form their own opinion of the finished painting.
This painting has many layers throughout. From the red drip falling down his forehead to the purple spray paint shadowing his eyes, I approached this piece with an energy that allowed me to try new techniques. I built a floater-frame with pine and then painted it purple. This is a painting that also gets more intriguing and mysterious the further away you get and especially when you squint your eyes.
Acrylic Portrait Painting, Original artwork created by Jonathan McAfee.
You will receive the artwork "Ready to Hang" on stretched canvas and wired on the back.
This is a one of a kind artwork, created and painted by me. I always sign my work on either the front or the back of each painting. Also you will receive a certificate of authenticity on the back of your painting.
World Wide shipping takes around 10 days to arrive, depending on it's destination.
Jonathan's artworks are collected throughout the United States and Europe.
All rights reserved – J. McAfee Art – This is an original work of art created by the artist himself and may not be reproduced without written consent of the artist. The artist retains copyright for self-promotion.
Keywords: people, portrait, colorful, expressive, framed art
Jonathan McAfee (b. 1982) is an American painter working in Evergreen, CO. After graduating from Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) with a B.F.A. in painting, McAfee began focusing on the figure and his expressive application of paint. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Harrison Center for the Arts (Indianapolis, IN) and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (Indianapolis, IN). His numerous group exhibitions include Red Wolf Gallery (Denver, CO) and "The Self-Portrait Show" at Gallery 924 (Indianapolis, IN). McAfee was recently awarded the second annual North American Artist Showcase (June 2016) through ArtFido and Professional Artist Magazine. McAfee's work is collected throughout the U.S. as well as Europe. He is currently represented by Artwork Network in Denver, CO and HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art in Wichita, KS.