Attractive and Awkward Portraits by Peter Stichbury

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New Zealand based artist Peter Stichbury combines attractive good looks with ugliness in 1950s style portraits. His Big-Eyed young subjects represent non-conventional beauty, something we can find in today’s supermodels and misfits alike. Stichbury regards these young people as a collective group in society, which he renders in a style that flattens their facial features to a non specific point. In their abstract, clone-like similarities, they become anonymous and linked to one another. They are intentionally deprived of human emotion, owing to their awkwardness. At the same time, his aesthetic can be regarded as strangely realistic. Considerable attention is paid to the detail in their clothing, for example, inspired by Haute couture catwalk culture and media images. The final result is Stichbury’s own stereotype of modern beauty. His most recent pieces, which also includes sketches, watercolor and sculpture, can be found on display in the exhibition “Astronomy” at La Casa Encendida in Spain. Take a look at more recent works of his below.

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