For this on going series of iconic portraits, artist Gary Golkin draws from historical references culled from various cherished art books he has collected since early childhood. These meticulously crafted
The portraits are a deeply personal exercise for the artist. Each personage is embedded with fragmented elements of imagery conjured up from Golkin's own artistic journey. Visible are representational traces of portraiture seamlessly infused with more abstract elements drawn from memory. Golkin sees this latest body of work as one continues artwork existing somewhere between referential and the sublime. The artist refers to these portraits as profoundly meaningful as whole.
Included among images of Pablo Picasso, Julian Schnabel and Jean- Michel Basquiat portrait plus the Basquiat's own self-portrait. By inserting himself into the history of art Golkin pays homage to those who inspired his practice along the way.