"Cesar" - Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 30 inches. Painted 2012 by Matt Cauley

The Big Heads portrait series focuses on capturing a moment in time for any particular subject. As I work with the model, I want them to feel as if they are in mid-conversation with me, but have become momentarily distracted by something *just* out of the corner of their eye. The more their focus shifts to some random spot on the wall, the more their imagination then takes over. A relaxed concentration takes over, and their face conveys an appearance of daydream wonder. It is this moment I try to capture on canvas.

The settings are sparse, with the face conveying the bulk of the story. In the end, I hope the viewer brings their own interpretation to each painting, creating a new and unique story each time the work is viewed.

I was fortunate enough to work with Cesar during a couple of painting sessions earlier this year while attending the School of Visual Arts. He had the most amazing hair, which would have been amazing to paint, but we decided to go with the wrap instead. Once on, Cesar’s entire body language changed. He suddenly went from being a New York hipster to appearing to be of noble descent. I think he caught us all off guard by the presence he projected.

Cesar
Acrylic on canvas,
20 x 30 inches,
Painted 2012 by Matt Cauley


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