‘Mythic City’ is a loose, on-going series of work made as a highly subjective record of the people I encounter as I move through the city of Chicago. Since I work from memory, they are not traditional portraits, but tronies; composites of different features and expressions. It may be the lined and thin-lipped mouth of that pensive man on the train or the heavy eyes of that woman in the coffee shop. These and other half-remembered fragments bubble up during the painting process. The entire crowd transforms into a chaotic parade where each participant has a hidden story. Whether they will share them, however, is another matter entirely.
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