Whether we are angry, sad, or happy, our emotions are often reflected in our eyes. Artist Maldha Mohamed explores this range of feelings in her ongoing series of eye paintings. Rendered completely in oil, these expressive works center one or more eyes on the canvas, letting the captivating qualities of a gaze shine through.
Each of Mohamed's canvases is an immersive depiction of human eyes. Although they vary in color and appearance, they share many similarities as well. There is a particular likeness in the thick impasto brushstrokes that Mohamed uses to sculpt the skin around the eye, itself. This mesmerizing texture provides contrast with the iris, which is comparatively smooth and more ethereal-looking as a result of this difference.
Mohamed's aim in these close-up images is to convey a story or a feeling that the viewer must figure out. Of course, because we are observing the eyes separated from the rest of the face, we are also trapped in a bit of a mystery that allows for numerous interpretations. To some, the eyes may look sad or melancholic, but others may find another emotion that rings just as true, highlighting the narrative potential of these enchanting paintings.
Scroll down to see more examples of Mohamed's incredible eye paintings, and follow the artist on Instagram to keep up to date with her latest creations. You can also purchase original paintings and limited edition prints of Mohamed's work via Guy Hepner Editions and Return on Art.