Size: 24"W x 18"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This painting is largely inspired by the iconic ending scene from Joan Chen's 'Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl,' a film I saw several times as a preteen with a fondness for the Sundance channel.
Though it largely remains faithful to the scene it references, the exaggerated facial features (greatly enlarged even by my own standards), serve to emphasize the fluctuation of my devotion to both the real and the dreamed world.
This painting also carries the first instance of the 'twilight crosshair' I developed and integrated into my paintings solely for my first solo show: "Headshots," a series of portraits exploring the fantasy of representation.
Julius Bautista is a Filipino-American Chicago based visual artist and USMC veteran passionate about science, psychology, and philosophy. Since pursuing a BFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has worked in various artist collectives with the goal of increasing accessibility to the arts. His work, a contemporary mix of creative influences, has shown in galleries nationwide. His portfolio can be found at juliusdcbautista.com.