Portraiture Now | Painting from Reference and Imagination
Portraiture is the great abiding tradition of painting. In our contemporary moment, informed by general quarantine, the rise of digital art, and the reimagining of so many creative processes, compelling portrait painting draws on a variety of source materials, including photographs and the individual imagination. In this workshop we will utilize both strategies, as we explore the enduring effects of light, color, composition and mark making in our portraits. Via concise daily lectures, as well as considerations of the historical and contemporary portrait work of painters like Lynette Yiadom-Boakye; Liu Xiaodong; Lucian Freud; Kaye Donachie and others, we will quickly establish a set of accessible references for the composition of paintings in a remote learning environment. Some painting experience is highly beneficial, though not required.
James Everett Stanley received his MFA in painting from Columbia University. A 2002-2003 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was awarded a Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program fellowship in New York. His paintings have been shown widely, including solo and group exhibitions at Freight & Volume Gallery in New York, Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, and Schoolhouse gallery in Provincetown. He is an Assistant Professor in the Painting Department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.