The New Face of Portraits

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Popping up around the globe are portraits without human features. Replacing the face, we see cosmic landscapes, geometric design, pop culture motifs, to name a few. This organic/inorganic hybrid art trend is an example of Object-Oriented Ontology. This emerging philosophy explains how a person can identify with something digital, inanimate, inhuman. Objects and abstractions become a visual vocabulary to express a person’s identity. These tattoo artists abandon realism to achieve, in a way, a much more accurate portrait.

Top: Marilyn/Superman artwork by Sandra Chevrier, tattooed by Eszter Karady.
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Victorian architecture portrait by Nick Broslavskiy.
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Polygonal portrait by Pietro Sedda.
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Polygonal portraits by Pietro Sedda.
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Lovers at dusk by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec.
Photos © respective artists

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January 11, 2014 Art Body Art Portraits Tattoos