Samuel Beckett: A Wild Bird
Painting portraits of artists is an opportunity for me to integrate the subtleties of their work, which is something I love doing.
In painting Beckett’s portrait, I aimed to bring together the atypical morphology of this writer—whose head is akin to a wild bird—alongside the existential angst we read in his texts.
His skeletal head dissolves vertically, as if sculpted into a fine line by the gravitational force of vertigo.
The light falls on his bony cheeks and illuminates his eyes with terrifying lucidity.
Beckett’s face seems to be made of antimatter—a type of composition made of an inescapable void, a nothingness that condenses and expands yet never sets us free.
This piece is part of American actor Josh Brolin’s art collection. Prints are available now.
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