The New Face of Portraits


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.
Victorian architecture portrait by Nick Broslavskiy.
Polygonal portrait by Pietro Sedda.
Polygonal portraits by Pietro Sedda.
Lovers at dusk by Marcin Aleksander Surowiec.
Photos © respective artists

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Morgan is a New York-based curator of contemporary tattoo art. She is Founder and Editor of the digital gallery, works as a freelance tattoo writer and an agent for modern artists. Follow the author @ Instagram , Twitter, Facebook and view more articles.

January 11, 2014 Art Body Art Portraits Tattoos