Clare Trevens has always been interested in portraits.

The subject of each painting is a merely a pretext, gradually fading away in order for the emotion to take over.


"I like the way upside-down portraits look like: they’re falling, drifting away. They have a sense of abandonment, as if they had decided to surrender. Most of them have their eyes closed, and I wanted to emphasize the strange appeasement that comes with letting things go. (...)

Although painting realistic portraits is difficult, I find abstraction and expressionism even more challenging to achieve. They’re more likely to stir emotions, because it’s about seeing beyond reality. The shattered portraits are an example of combining realism and abstraction. (...)

Some of my favourite contemporary portraitists tend to blend figurative and abstraction, and the result is powerful and vibrant. Identity is ever-changing, and this combined technique is a good way of displaying the unsettled human nature."



      Excerpts from an interview by the Flying Fruit Bowl, 2020




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