Portrait of President Joe Biden - Study 3
Presidential portraiture has a historical precedence.
Apparently George Washington, who lived in the time before photography, was asked to sit for so many portraits that he once wrote about his frustration: “I am so hackneyed to the touches of the Painters pencil, that I am now altogether at their beck, and sit like patience on a Monument, whilst they are delineating the lines of my face.”
But today we are inundated with images, but we don't really see them.
Because we see the President so often, we don't get that much of a chance to really look at him. I find the act of portraiture to be enlightening, it forces you to look closely, to understand the contours of the face.
Over Biden's term, I'll be making a number of studies around President's day each year.
I expect that his face will change over time. This is the third study, based on an image of him speaking. I really think it captures him, though he looks a little sad.
It's a small painting with a lot of heart.
The painting is only 10" x 7", but it has a lot of energy. It's a quick study; I only allow one day.
The prints are gorgeous.
I print this using a top-of-the-line Epson printer on archival Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g/mA Paper. I use pigment based inks that are certified to last over 200 years. It is uncanny how the print looks like the original.
The paper has a subtle texture on it that feels warm. Everyone who has seen these prints is amazed at how beautiful they are.
I am so excited to be able to provide something of such high quality at a reasonable price.
It fits in standard frames.
The original drawing is 10" x 7", but the print has a 3/4" border on the left and right and a 1/2" border on the top and bottom, so the print fits in a standard 11" x 8.5" frame. You will receive a signed and numbered print. I really think you'll like it (and it makes a great gift).