I was experimenting a little with sgraffito in preparation for a painting, plus I just enjoyed doing it.
oil on canvas
It's painted over a copy of a rothko I'd done and I thought the portrait of my pal George would look cool with the colours peeking through.
I'm not really into the artsy fartsy gobbledegook art speak but I was struck by Ernst Gombrich's quote on page 78 in Art & Illusion. "Record a visual experience, not the faithful construction of a relational model". It had a huge impact on me because once I got past the technical skill of drawing relational models (what I saw) then I really had to think about the experience of what I was seeing and how to convey that.
This really came into play when I created this piece.
and I wanted to reduce fear to that singular moment of primal anguish, where nothing else exists except your scream.