My Father as a Small Boy with Looming Shadow

25.00"W x 48.00"H x 0.8"D

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Laura Makinen


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: figurative, oil, painting, monochromatic, white, black, photograph, vintage, children, blur, shadows

Media: canvas, gesso, linseed oil, oil, paint, wood

Size: 25"W x 48"H x 0.75"D

Year Created: 2018

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The source of this painting is an old black and white photograph of my father as a small child with a shadow looming in the foreground. For this piece I removed all of the scenery other than the figure of the child and the shadow, highlighting the seemingly menacing relationship between photographer and subject. The style of this oil painting is very unique. The face reads almost as a print and the figure and shadow are depicted in a blur.

Laura Makinen was born (1980) and raised in the city of Chicago. Art and music have been instrumental throughout her life. At Grinnell College, while pursuing a degree in Religious Studies, Laura took began a serious love affair with painting. After finishing her first degree, Laura completed a BFA in Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and subsequently moved to San Francisco. Although she fell in love with the Bay Area, Laura is currently residing with her family back home in Chicago, where she recently completed a yoga teacher training and is painting up a storm. Over the years, she has created a significant body of both figurative and abstract work, and has participated in group shows throughout the United States.

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