18.12.11

Post no.15* Portrait of Joakim


15x11 in.
charcoal and pencil on paper
2011 stephen bauman
SOLD

*What can I say about Joakim Ericsson... He is a human being of the absolutely highest quality. I was terrified of him when I started at the Florence Academy of Art. He was explicit during critiques... I thought he didn't like me, like really didn't like me. I will not relate any particular stories here but suffice to say I had what I considered to be very good reasons.

All of this to say, I didn't know him AT ALL. When Cornelia and I moved to Sweden to teach in the Mölndal branch of the F.A.A. I finally spent some time with him one on one. We talked, drank beers, played a game or two of Axis and Allies, and I came to find out that I had been as wrong about him as I have ever been about a person, ever. So, Joakim Ericsson, one hell of a nice guy.

16.12.11

Post no.14* Portrait of Alex


15x12 in.
charcoal and pencil on paper
2011 stephen bauman
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*An early post this week for a new friend of mine, Alex. He is an actor, singer, and dancer... and a model that I will be working with again soon.

11.12.11

Post no.13* Portrait of Eldon


15x12 in.
charcoal on paper
2011 stephen bauman

*Eldon, a student here at F.A.A. Mölndal, is another bright spot in this years group. I was told a story about this drawing he has been working on for over a year now. The thing is done in layers, sheet after transparent sheet and all in brilliant detail. It has attained a status in my imagination that, should I ever see it, will be hard to live up to... but I really want to see it. Eldon is precisely the type of person who would do such a thing, like a character in a Tom Waits song ("whats he building in there...?"). Secretly building something and hiding it from the world.

10.12.11

Post no.12* Jean d'Aire from the Burghers of Calais


9x9 in.
charcoal on paper
2011 stephen bauman
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*I have started back at drawing, this time with charcoal, and to a familiar subject- the Burghers. There is so much to love about these figures, these sometimes jaggedly faceted sometimes gently undulating forms. So much conviction in the making of their expressive faces. The more I look at them the less real they look and the more real they seem. Their look on the head of Jean d'Aire that would last only for a second on a living breathing human face has been frozen there for over a hundred years. The story is that they believed they were to be executed after handing over the keys to the city to King Edward III of England but were spared due to the English queen convincing Edward to exercise a bit of mercy. Their city had been held under seige, they were starved and emaciated, ordered to walk outside the city walls half naked toward their presumed execution. Every time I study the features of these sculptures my mind wanders into what the expression is, exactly.

Post no.11* Portrait of Lana


12x8 in.
charcoal on paper
2011 stephen buaman
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*Lana just finished her first term here at the Florence Academy of Art in Mölndal. She is full of talent and has what I would call an older aesthetic, certainly as far as her hairstyle is concerned. It reminds me of one of Charles Dana Gibson's girls and their rather iconic hair shapes, though a little bit more subtle.