Photography © Joshua White –

Photography © Joshua White –

looks good on paper

"Looks Good on Paper" is a collection of text-based paintings that the artist considers to be portraits. Each work, whether text that overlays a cloud-filled sky, or an ombré of unexpected color, represents a specific person. The text is hand-applied nail enamel and the backgrounds are spray paint.  

Each portrait is a depiction of an individual using both words and symbols.  The subject’s likeness takes on a non-traditional form: text. This exhibition is based on what we say, the vernacular. The words are elements not only of speech, but of each subject’s character and personality. 

Spoken or written, these noted quips are applied to an individual.  Out of context and often ambiguous, they are however a pure form of portrayal according to the newest author of these words, the artist.

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