My work primarily involves producing hyperrealist graphite pencil drawings, on paper, using photographs of anonymous children. Image sources unclude books, postcards, photographs bought on e-bay, and particluarly Google image searches.
Whilst questioning the idea of identitiy, it is a social documentation of past fashions and personalities which provides much of the allure: in particular the naive charm and androgyny of some of the children, which skirts between the dark, sinister, vaguely disturbing and uneasy- yet quirky and amusing.
It is the relationship between the drawing and the viewer which I seek to manipulate, through the creation of a convincing illusion intended to beguile the viewer.
|© Paul Chiappe 2008