The play on distortions of the pictorial field in portrait painting becomes that kind of challenging metaphor in the canvases of award winning painter Jaypee Samson. His portraits of his kinsmen and friends from his childhood community in Antipolo are all done through some form of fish-eye lens distortion, making them stunted, elongated or expansive. This funny house effect is at once humorous and critical, as it makes the viewer – especially his subjects – question what is indeed the “proper” perspective that one is seen through when the lens is imperfect, or in this case deliberately changed.
MediumOil on CanvasDimensions91.5 x 122 cm (36 x 48”)
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