Painting the Figure from Photographs

Barbara Noah is a visual artist who teaches painting, drawing, mixed media, and 2D/3D interdisciplinary arts, including both representational and abstract work. She has taught at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, UCLA, and Cal State University, Long Beach. Her art practice has included work in several media (digital imaging, painting, print, photography, sculpture, installations, and public art). She has exhibited in venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, Artists’ Space and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the City Museum in Nakhodka, Russia, the Shenzhen Art Institute Gallery in China, and the Biennial Exhibition of La Jeune Gravure Contemporaine-Paris in France. Her work has been published in ARTnews and Art in America. Barbara is the recipient of Artist Trust’s THA Grant and a Pollock/Krasner Grant. She received her B.A in Art from Mills College and an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York.
Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
All Levels Welcome
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Either by choice or by necessity, artists do not always make figure paintings from life. In this workshop we will explore painting the figure from photography. We will review the work of several artists, such as Kehinde Wiley, who use photos to paint their figures. We will analyze what aspects in photographs are the most useful in translating the image into paint, including the important element of lighting. We will also examine possibilities for backgrounds, as well as issues that arise when incorporating more than one figure from photograph into a painting.