Close-Up Paintings of Eyes Examine What People Are Feeling in That Moment

Eye Paintings by Maldha Mohamed

Often referred to as “windows of the soul,” eyes can say a lot about who we are and what we're feeling. Self-taught artist Maldha Mohamed examines the emotional power of a gaze in her immerse oil paintings. She renders close-up views of one single eye and leaves it up to the viewer to find the unsaid feelings latent in the subject's face.

Using thick, expressive brushstrokes and a limited color palette, Mohamed paints an array of different eye colors and shapes, each with its own story to tell. “Eyes are extremely fascinating. They can tell you a person's entire story, where they're from, the things they have been through or nothing at all, all at the same time,” she tells My Modern Met.  “I think the eyes are the most sincere thing about a person, and I want to create the most sincere art that I can. So I figured, why not use eyes as a subject medium.”

Despite painting the same subject matter over and over again, Mohamed keeps her canvases fresh with subtle changes to each one—whether it be in the angle, the light, or the expression itself. Just like people, her pieces are completely individual. “I like to convey the subjects as if they are in a constant battle against time, always fleeting,” she explains to My Modern Met. “This is the expression I would like to capture and create. That is what I wish to capture in my art.”

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.

Self-taught artist Maldha Mohamed creates immersive oil paintings of human eyes.

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Each one is a unique study of form, color, and expression.

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Mohamed says, “Eyes are extremely fascinating. They can tell you a person's entire story, where they're from, the things they have been through or nothing at all, all at the same time.”

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Though every painting is of a single eye, they are all unique and display the emotions of a person within a frozen moment in time.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Maldha Mohammed.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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