I really like this piece. The bright colors in the background create a fluid gradient but still don't overpower the center of the piece. I really like how the background colors and the color of the suit that the man is wearing counter balance one another. It is great use of opposing colors. The shading on the body and the hair is realistic and consistent creating a very real feel to the painting. The skin tones are nicely blended and flow very nicely with the other colors in the focus of the painting. All in all, a very well done piece. The colors are strong but not over powering, and the whole piece ties itself together nicely. A fantastic work of art!
This is a very deep and emotionally captivating artwork. The subject is by all means not an easy one, but the artist has succeeded in capturing the contained intensity of T.E. Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence Of Arabia", for his services in igniting the Arab Revolt. I think, for me, the first thing that really caught my attention is the eyes. They are expertly painted and shaded, with an almost watery quality about them, recalling the colour of the shining sea at Aqaba. They exude a dreamlike, but highly ambitious expression, hiding like a fierce fire behind his composed and laid-back expression. The slightly raised eyebrow gives a light and mocking air to the artwork, as if Lawrence was about to burst into giggles, but trying hard to contain himself. The smile is sardonic, yet testing, the artist has deftly captured the smile of the warrior intellectual that was Lawrence. The colour scheme comes across as original and artistically shocking. The contrast between the icy blue hues of Lawrence’s stuffy uniform and the defiant, fiery orange of the setting sun creates a hypnotic splendour and leaves plenty of room for artistic and historical symbolism. One could say that the Lawrence in the uniform is the outer Lawrence, the British Lawrence, while the warm and energetic background holds something of the inner Lawrence, the Lawrence that likes to defy society and ignite the fire of dreams. The composition is simple and ruggedly elegant. It manages to maintain a regal formality necessary for historical portraits but does not lose any of its beguiling fluidity in the process. The lines on Lawrence’s suit form a swift V-shape and open up the picture so that the attention is once more drawn to the eyes, themselves acting as a sort of counter-reflective. The brushwork excels in its lightness and agility, reminiscent of Renoir or Van Gogh’s work in its wistful capturing of light. The shading on the suit is especially pleasing; the white highlights against the navy of the jacket make a delightful and haunting contrast. To conclude, this artwork boasts grandeur, fire, tenacity, creativity, adventure, and magnetism all in one. The artist has created an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable person, and for this, she is to be commended.
Thomas Edward Lawrence was a british officer mostly known for his activities during the arab revolt. There is a movie 'Lawrence of Arabia' starring Peter O'Toole about his... well, life? wikipedia can tell more than me, history isn't my strongest point [link]