Now, everything you just thought, throw right out the window and never even think anything as ridiculous again, think you can tell a whole pictures meaning by looking at it once? you make me sick!...sorry, one of those moments again. Anyway, you'll be surprised to find out that the artist Husam Espino is actually a prison inmate at an American penitentiary, and compiled this pastel portrait from memory of a ''woman i once knew''.
The point I'm driving at is, does a portrait of someone have to even be of them? who says it has to be this person, or that person, who says it has to be anyone, a painting showing a fictional character is still going to be called a portrait right?
A portrait of someone else ie. not a self portrait, could in fact be the thoughts and ideas of the artist as is in this case. although the picture itself is showcasing a very beautiful woman from Espinos past, underneath this we are given the messages of regret and sadness. we feel Espinos longing to meet up with this person again one day, as he feels abandoned through his own actions no doubt.
This portrait is somewhat similar to the previous one shown, it showcases the same (or a very similar) woman, however shows a lot more of the subjects energy simply by pushing more into the background. we get a feel of the lost sense of freedom that Espino shows us in this piece, it has a strong way of depicting real life beauty but almost in a horrible way, as it something that cant be had, at least not by this artist.
Espinos work is available to buy online at the link below, although it is limited at this current time.