large-scale portrait paintings of women with fortitude, abstract realism

Fortitude

Fortitude: Portraits of the Perseverant is a collection of large-scale portrait paintings depicting the complexity of human experience through the lens of the intimate, personal, and specific. The subjects are possessors of fortitude – the courage to persevere when faced with pain or adversity. Painted on loose unstretched canvases, these life-size, full-body portraits imply ambiguous narratives; viewers are faced with reconsidering their first impressions. These works elevate the assumed mundane and invite viewers to look more deeply and compassionately at their fellow human beings. Without revealing the details of each subject’s story, these works allow the viewer to contemplate the meaning of fortitude and the circumstances under which it is ignored, acknowledged, or celebrated.

a public art mural painting of 2 women from the 1930s
Davetta

oil on canvas; 4 x 5 feet

a public art mural painting of 2 girls from the 1930s
Melissa

oil and aerosol on canvas; 4.8 x 6 feet

a public art mural painting of 2 girls from the 1930s
Aziza

oil on canvas; 4.6 x 6 feet

a public art mural painting of 2 women from the 1930s
Briana

oil on canvas; 4 x 5 feet

portrait painting on canvas, Misty
Misty

oil on canvas; 4.8 x 6 feet

portrait painting on canvas, Misty
Kim

oil and aerosol on canvas; 5 x 6 feet

 

©2017 Natalie Voelker