Clive Wilkins’s Portraits Break the Fourth Wall

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Clive Wilkins’s portraits place their subjects in theatrical and often surreal settings. Adorning them with elaborate costumes, the British painter alludes to mysticism and ritual as well as performance with his work. While one painting depicts a sleeping woman unsuspecting of the viewers’ gaze, many of the other works disrupt this sense of aloof voyeurism as the subjects stare directly at the viewers with knowing, confrontational expressions. Take a look at some of Wilkins’ works below.

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