Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 76cm (H) x 67cm (W) x 4.5cm (D) / 29.9" (H) x 26.4" (W) x 1.8" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
In this painting, a two-hundred-year gap between two generationally distinctive styles of portraiture is bridged thanks to the work of four different artists, including an unknown American painter, presumably associated with the "Boston School," back in the 19th century.
Any visual records of the social and cultural conventions of clothing of any specific era become relevant for fashion studies. Over the years, we've relied on all kinds of imagery to understand how people used to wear, consume and express themselves through fashion in the past.
The goal was to make a painting that could reflect the new, the old, and the relationship between them.
Originally titled "Portrait of a Young Man with Brown Hair", the artwork was first purchased years ago by a private collector through an auction house in the US before I acquired it at the beginning of my residency with Vogue Singapore in late December 2020.
The portrait was subsequently placed under the scrutiny of Sharon Tang, director of 5Degree East and a well-known veteran in the restoration of oil on canvas paintings in South East Asia.
Once restored, a dog's nose, ears and tongue were applied over the subjects face with the help of Singaporean contemporary painter Shen Jiaqi, in the likeness of the popular Snapchat "Dog Filter."
"Is it a painting about clothes? Old clothes or new clothes?" That was the first answer to the question "What is a fashion painting?", the creative brief I assigned to myself for Vogue Singapore's March "Creativity" issue.
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Fashion Paintings by Eduardo Enrique
2 Artists, 17 Products
Last Updated Apr 23, 2021
Based in: Singapore
Having worked in the creative industry for a decade, Eduardo Enrique had his first foray into the visual arts when he was propelled by a strong urge to produce artworks as a form of social commentary. Drawing from his background as a Creative Director where he motivates his clients to understand the underpinnings of culture and its societal impacts, his artistic praxis similarly calls attention to the nuances that pop culture can have on the human psyche.
The artist explicitly denies talking about his nationality, as he maintains that one should not be judged based on their geographical origin. To that end, Eduardo looks towards elucidating universal human conditions as he believes that there are intrinsic qualities that connect us beyond borders and boundaries.
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