It’s the eyes that first caught my attention to these enchanting portraits by artist Johanna Wilbraham. Mysterious, fierce and vulnerable at the same time. And those gorgeous structures and colors.. love!
Many of Johanna’s portraits are very large in size and her working process is quite unique: Johanna pours jars of diluted oil paint straight onto the canvas, which leaves her with limited control over her work and can bring along unexpected results. Her focus on women’s portraits comes from her fascination of the unrealistic way women are represented in the media, which is something she feels unsatisfied about.
The women in my paintings are all women in my life, imperfectly beautiful and meeting the gaze of the viewer with boldness and vulnerability at the same time. The sense of vulnerability is important for me too, creating an intimacy (especially with the large scale works) with the viewer – I am quite obsessed with the idea of vulnerability as completely necessary for connection with others. The idea of broken jars of clay holding treasure, and accepting our flaws as part of our unique beauty. (via Castle Foundations)
A selection of Johanna’s original paintings and limited prints is currently for sale in her shop!