Throughout the late 19th century up until the 1990s, these captivating and strangely painted portraits (retratos pintados) were a common practice in rural northeastern Brazil. Family portraits were retouched with a heavy hand, painting over the original image with bold brush strokes which transformed family members into the rich, healthy and beautiful… even the dead ones. [Read more...]
Using vintage lithographic reproductions of romantic 19th century paintings, artist Wayne White inserts his own bold phrases and words. His careful attention to details like reflection and shadow make the images appear as if this was the way they were originally intended. White seems far from stopping on this typographical remix project: find many more of his “Word Paintings” at waynewhiteart.com.