Portraits Without a Face

Fine Art Drawings, Self-Portrait #4, Emanuele Ravagnani

Self-Portrait #4

Emanuele Ravagnani

Fine Art Drawings - 44 x 30 cm Fine Art Drawings - 17.3 x 11.8 inch

£1,355

Print, Untitled 11, Elias Moubarak

Untitled 11

Elias Moubarak

Print - 60 x 40 cm Print - 23.6 x 15.7 inch

£1,639

Photography, Justino, One, Ricky Cohete

Justino, One

Ricky Cohete

Photography - 91.4 x 61 x 0.3 cm Photography - 36 x 24 x 0.1 inch

£1,821

Painting, Sans, Matthieu Fappani

Sans

Matthieu Fappani

Painting - 67.5 x 132.5 x 5 cm Painting - 26.6 x 52.2 x 2 inch

£1,144

Painting, Male escape, Aleksandar Simov

Male escape

Aleksandar Simov

Painting - 90 x 74 x 1.7 cm Painting - 35.4 x 29.1 x 0.7 inch

£836

Painting, Untitled, Gustavo Costa Fernandes

Untitled

Gustavo Costa Fernandes

Painting - 35 x 25 x 2 cm Painting - 13.8 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch

£1,760

Print, Combattre L'ignorance, Dugudus

Combattre L'ignorance

Dugudus

Print - 70 x 50 cm Print - 27.6 x 19.7 inch

£79

Painting, Old dog, Shai Dahan

Old dog

Shai Dahan

Painting - 78 x 97 cm Painting - 30.7 x 38.2 inch

£1,540

Print, Continent A, Sylviane Canini

Continent A

Sylviane Canini

Print - 50 x 56 cm Print - 19.7 x 22 inch

£343

Fine Art Drawings, Œdipe I, Guy  Oberson

Œdipe I

Guy Oberson

Fine Art Drawings - 47.5 x 36 cm Fine Art Drawings - 18.7 x 14.2 inch

£880

Painting, Le Chewing-gum, Julien Cuny

Le Chewing-gum

Julien Cuny

Painting - 120 x 120 x 2.5 cm Painting - 47.2 x 47.2 x 1 inch

£1,584

Print, Meurtre n°5, Jacques Monory

Meurtre n°5

Jacques Monory

Print - 89.5 x 60 cm Print - 35.2 x 23.6 inch

£370

Photography, The Lovers then and Now, Feng Kaixuan

The Lovers then and Now

Feng Kaixuan

Photography - 40 x 60 x 1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch

£1,390

Sculpture, Autoportrait 1, Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse

Autoportrait 1

Jean-Michel Pradel-Fraysse

Sculpture - 43 x 42 x 25 cm Sculpture - 16.9 x 16.5 x 9.8 inch

£8,799

Painting, Bellesa interior III, Jordi Sàbat

Bellesa interior III

Jordi Sàbat

Painting - 30 x 30 cm Painting - 11.8 x 11.8 inch

£660

Photography, Regresiones, Léa Bon

Regresiones

Léa Bon

Photography - 61 x 61 x 0.3 cm Photography - 24 x 24 x 0.1 inch

£1,639

Photography, Sans titre 4, Aurélie Sarramon

Sans titre 4

Aurélie Sarramon

Photography - 36 x 24 cm Photography - 14.2 x 9.4 inch

£53

Photography, Architects Anonymous, Alexander Benz

Architects Anonymous

Alexander Benz

Photography - 40 x 40 x 0.1 cm Photography - 15.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch

£405

Portraits Without a Face

As art becomes more conceptual, artists stretch and scrutinize traditional boundaries and rules in art. Within the last few decades, portraiture has been an area that has seen some of the most experimentation, with artists attempting to depict their subject's being without strictly having to recreate their physical appearance. 

This freedom has led to the complete reinvention of the art genre, with artists picking portraits apart and sticking them back together, blurring our understanding of what makes someone themselves, and reimagining this artistic tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Within the domain of portraits without faces, a recurrent and key element is symbolism. Obviously, as artists attempt to create representations of people without using their physical resemblance, symbols have become crucial in indicating parts of people's individuality. Whether it is an accessory someone always wore, an object that relates to a passion or interest, or something that hints to a fundamental characteristic of the individual, artists have begun using these in order to figuratively represent their subjects. 

Furthermore, some artists depict the private and personal spaces of their subjects, such as bedrooms and other intimate living spaces, as a substitute for a traditional portrait. The thought process behind such choices is that these personal objects create an openness and vulnerability, which often reveals as much as a portrait would.

Experiment with this avant-garde style of portraiture and make a portrait without a face a part of your own collection and browse our selection.

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