I have just discovered the artist Gideon Rubin. His expressionistic art, does not rely of the facial features to put across mood or sentiment, he lets the body language speak for itself. The artist uses subtle tones to convey mood and meaning into the blank expressions of the figures.
Here’s a quote by the artist;-
“Quickly scraping an old image and putting down a new one on top was my own way to express markings of time. I cover the canvas over and over again with an image observed or imagined. Focusing on tonal variations, applied on small or large canvases, my paintings seem to create a sense of gloom – a pale light that, far from being colorless, contains purple, orange, blue and crimson. I try to create an image embodied with mystery, like a deja vu, as if seen before; an image lost, much like a memory. ” (sweet-station)
It is fascinating how we automatically fill in the ‘blanks’ of the faces, using our own emotions to interpret the body language. I’m not sure how this works, or even if everyone interprets differently, but here’s my intepretation (for what it’s worth) How much does it differ from yours?
The top image coveys to me contemplation, that the boy is concentrating his thoughts. There is an air of seriousness about him, he isn’t smiling but he isn’t sad either – just thoughtful. The second image seems expectant to me, like he is anticipating something, sitting back and waiting. The third image is interesting because it shows a relationship between the two girls. My thoughts are that these two are sisters. The blonde girl is bolder than her dark sister, who holds her back protectively. I get the feeling that the dark-haired one is frightened and perhaps more timid. These are only my interpretations – it would be interesting to see others.
Lots of his portraits here in this excellent site
more about this artist’s work here