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Oil on canvas
60 X 80 cm


XIAOLIN is a portrait of painter Xiaolin Zhang, who is known for her extensive series of self portraits derived from selfies. My portrait of her is an exploration of Japanese flat-field illustration applied to painting, as well as a more or less inadvertent reaction to her extensive usage of images of herself as a primary motif.

There is a concept in European art which is called horror vacui, which translates from modern Latin to "horror of a vacuum", and which is defined as "a fear or dislike of leaving empty spaces, especially in an artistic composition".

The Japanese have historically chided themselves for not learning perspective in two-dimensional art until it was introduced to them by the West, but I think equal credit needs to be given to the Japanese for their mastery of blank space. From jessewaugh.com