Christina Major is a portrait painter interested in the ways the identity of both artist and subject can coexist in a painting. Major's current creative research focuses on the traditional form of the portrait as a powerful form of representing an individual and how meaning can be expanded through scale, brushstroke, color, texture, composition, and the many variables that portraiture deals with.
This one-of-a-kind oil painting is 84 inches tall and 57 inches wide. It is signed by Major on the back. The artwork is wired and ready to hang. It does not require framing. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and International shipping are also available. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included.
Major expands the traditional portrait painting by cataloging her memories and thoughts along with the thoughts of the subject - at times recording quotes from the person depicted - by painting under, into and over the subject in her handwriting. Major’s “hand” is visible both in the brushstroke and in the cursive writing, preserving her identity in a “readable” way both literally and through graphology, or handwriting analysis.
Major's paintings are created with oil on gesso primed canvas. Her portraits feel overwhelming and have a “larger-than-life” presence that cannot be ignored. The large scale also creates a different “reading” of the painting depending on the viewing distance. Up close, areas may be read abstractly due to the emphasis on defined brush strokes, dabs of energetic color, and texture that is formed by the cursive text. From far away, the image coalesces from the fragmented strokes and layers of writing, drawing focus to the likeness of the subject painted.
Text incorporated into this original painting: Audrey - I Believe
Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there's nothing more to live for. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls me the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles. I have enormous faith, but it's not attached to any one in particular religion. Elegance is the only beauty that never fades. For beautiful eyes, lock for the good in others; for beautiful lips speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone Not to live for the day, that would be materialistic - but to treasure the day. I realize that most of us live on the skin on the surface without appreciating just how wonderful it is simply to be alive at all. They say love is the best investment, the more you give the more you get...