A personal tribute, to the master, from the heart. A portmanteau of sorts, of his works from 1888 and 1889, what are arguably his most productive or well received years. So, we have 1888 on his left, and 1889 on his right. Starry night from each year, border his ‘portrait as a painter’ and final self-portrait. I hope to celebrate his greatness, his brush strokes, and the general flow of his work. To explore the evolution of his style, possibly as his mental condition deteriorated. To explore the life of someone whose life seems always cast into darkness and took joy in the night sky.

Recreation was not the goal, the goal is tribute, homage, and celebration of a star so bright as this. So, this is my take on his bold brush strokes. My take on his palette (after researching his palette and finding some modern, brush licker approved substitutes. I honestly was not sure the idea would work.

The bust is Vincent from Alexandros Models, sculpted by Anastasiya. I painted it with Golden Artists Acrylics (Titanium White, Cobalt Blue Hue, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Viridian, Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Free Yellow Light, Naples Yellow, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Red and Naphthol Red light).

I hope you enjoy this departure. I am quite pleased with it. But as always, comments and criticism are appreciated.
  • Rhiana, "Cyradis"

    I love the artistic creativity and thought that went into each very visible brush stroke on this piece :)
    Only critique is that the buttons perhaps could have been distinguished more from the shirt/jacket somehow.

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thank you for the thoughtful critique Rhianna, I appreciate the feedback.  Ultimately, I chose to downplay the buttons, given even in his portrait, many of them are a circle as an afterthought, its quick comical when you really look at them, but I understand that yes, they could be brought up a touch. 

      Thanks Again :)

  • Jakob VillienPLUS

    Amazing! A perfect work of art.

  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"PLUS

    gold

  • WojciechBober72

    Gold

  • Francois "Frado" Daugny

    Very original and super well executed. I love this kind of unusual pieces. Gold!!

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thank you Francois, I strive for the unusual, because it is more like what is in my head

  • Steve Jourdain

    Or !!!! Belle interprétation et c’est magnifique !!!

  • Toolove

    Gold

  • Pierre BalmettePLUS

    Nice idea and top notch execution, a true piece of art. Truly an inspiring piece, congratulations. Gold for me

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thank you Pierre, I am glad that my work can hit that hard.  There is no greater compliment than being able to inspire another artist.

  • Patrik Ruzic

    Gold

  • Atila KawautiPLUS

    Amazing!

  • Will “Sik Willy” HahnPLUS

    Easily one of your best Kyle, brilliant idea and execution. I very much enjoy the expression in the strokes

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thanks Will. I can’t argue at all the be honest, it transcended my expectations and it’s a project I legit adore after completion, that’s rare for me.

      So thanks again, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Jero Miniatures

    Wondeful. You got my gold and admiration!

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thanks so much Jero.  :)

  • Kara Nash

    Colour explosion, reaction explosion!
    Joking aside, you captured the feel of his works exceptionally well.

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thanks Kara.  Not so much captured as was swept along with.  It becomes infectious.

  • Jocelyn Goyette "MetalAsMedium"PLUS

    Gold of course!

  • Max RichieroPLUS

    Gold!!!

  • Balazs SzendroiPLUS

    Fantastic :O

  • Paolo-Di-Poce

    Jenius, well deserved gold

    • Kyle Maitland

      Thanks Paolo.  It came out alright :)

  • Peter (Chilwd)

    very artistic approach, like it!