Creating portraits that capture the complexity of an individual is not an easy task. However, London-based painter Rosso Emerald Crimson‘s series of expressive portraits are up to the challenge. Using an array of textured techniques and a keen sense of realism, she renders the external and internal beauty of different women and girls. Each of these cool-faced figures beckons the viewer to look closer at their otherwordly depiction and understand what they are trying to say.
“I use portraiture and self-portraiture to explore and analyze myself and the world around me,” Crimson tells My Modern Met. “Taking inspiration from personal memories along with observations from real life and imagination, the imagery I create often unveils the vulnerability and strength of the human condition.” Her paintings are based on real-life models, whom the artist transforms into “personas” that “resonate with the viewers at various levels of the subconscious mind.” Likewise, these female characters tend to embody themes of identity, femininity, and beauty, as well as political and ethical issues.
“I have learned in the academic painting tradition and in years of practice, I developed a contemporary version of realism which combines elements of abstract expressionism, mixed media, and occasionally collage to create a visually engaging pictorial language,” Crimson continues. Her distinct style features an impressionistic rendering of the figure—often from the shoulders up—that is framed by a highly textured background made up of bold scrapes of color. These additions dazzle the eye.