One Believer

One Believer

Brandon Lavan

My self-portrait "One Believer" is part of my Advance Higher folio and was heavily influenced by the magnificent Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenzsoon van Rijn. I did this through a light and dark acrylic palette to create a rich and intense contrast. I furthered this through my technique with bright highlights to alter it stylistically and give it a dominant and powerful presence. My use of composition like the hooded rope added biblical aspects from the Testament to my work, giving it an ambiguous meaning. The positioning of the subject matter and facial expression adds a sinister and mysterious tension to it, which questions that those who are sacred and consecrated to God could possess a dark and corrupted state of mind.  

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VisualJohn Byrne Award