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Complex Portraits Outwardly Convey Internal Struggles

These beautifully complex portraits convey a sense of internal struggle in a very outward way. Vancouver-based artist Adam Lupton's series, What's in Store for Me in the Direction I Don't Take?, captures the physical signs of worries and stress that can consume a person's thoughts.

Each oil painting features distinct faces mixed with ghostly figures, blurred lines, and streaks of paint. Layers of the human pscyhe are brought to the surface in Lupton's uneasy gestures and lively brushstrokes. The artist communicates a complex visual dialogue where viewers are invited to devise a narrative about the subject based on the visual cues.

In Lupton's continued exploration of sociology and psychology, he creates portraits that expose private, inner thoughts in a very public way. According to his bio, his work “balances on the idea of effective communication and purposeful aesthetics,” and “his gaze revolves around contemporary culture and the nuances that ‘modern' life brings.”

Adam Lupton's website
via [Exhibition-ism]

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