Artists Use the Photograph as Canvas in “Overpainting”
Painted photography began in the 19th century as a way to infuse life and verisimilitude into banal black-and-white images before the advent of color photography. When it’s used now, the process actually makes photographs less realistic, in the sense that the image drifts further and further away from the idea of the photograph as an objective document. The paint imparts tactility and subjectivity onto the fixed image, while altering notions of time and narrative.
aspired to be a filmmaker, “inspired by the retro glamor of Egyptian cinema’s golden age.” In a series of painted self-portraits, he recreates cinematic moments starring himself.
“Overpainting” is on view at Repetto Gallery, London, Feb. 5–Mar. 20, 2015.