Pop Art Portrait by Ronald Hunter
It is no secret Ronald is a fan of Pop Art. The Pop Art Portrait serie is a cornerstone in his collection. We asked Ronald if he could share some insight in his creative process.
Insight in the process
“I have a background in graphic design, and I like to play with shapes and typographic form in my work. Bright neon colors are often part of the color palette. I start by looking for the right color balance, and use larger en smaller typography to shape the background. Once the shape/color feels balanced, I decide which portrait fits best.”
How do you choose your female portrait?
“I almost never use famous faces, I want the face to be neutral for the viewer. It is not important who the person is, I want people to experience the whole image, the interaction of colors, shapes and face. The way the lines play a role in the experience of the face is interesting to me. You wonder: am I looking at the shapes or the face? It’s clearly a face, but it shouldn’t be too distracting from the whole.”
When are you happy with a Portrait painting?
“I am happy when the separate parts form a new image together. Altough each painting is unique, I apply the same iconic characteristics because I want people to recognize the serie.”
The frame as finishing touch
Not only the portrait on the canvas, but also the frame plays an important role in Ronald’s work. He often adds a custom frame to his paintings, and in some cases the frame is (partly) painted in the same color. As a result, the frame becomes an inseparable part of the artwork.
Have a look at ‘Lady Orange‘ with white frame, ‘Vintage Blue’ with blue frame, and ‘Cubistic Pop Art’ with pink/oak frame.