For this project the artist Paul Digby has created a series of paintings of people expressing the emotion of Joy.
The project will culminate in an exhibition of completed portrait paintings, workshop drawings and interview transcripts at The Tetley Gallery http://thetetley.org.
For the Paintings Paul references a 1997 exhibition at the Anthony D'offey Gallery featuring the last series of paintings by Roy Litchenstein.
A direct element he focuses on is how Litchenstien contrasts his trademark flat style with scratchy brush strokes.
The process for making the portraits involved advertising for participants and visiting the portrait subjects in a community group building, with a photographer. The participant was photographed after signing a contract which was completed with the full cooperation from any Carers, and/or relevant community group staff. The project was supported by the Workers Education Association, Leeds Adult Social Care and Charity groups. Between Paul, the portrait subject and photographer they determined the best pose for the painting. It became apparent that as a painter Paul's requirements differed to that of a photographer, and the portrait subject.
When the image was agreed he altered the JPEG on Photoshop and then transferred the portrait on to canvas. The colours were achieved through using colour recognition technology at Johnston's paint store, they mixed the Acrylic Matt paint needed with an industrial paint mixing machine. He then drew the portrait on to the canvas using a grid scale system. When the drawing was finished Paul filled in the colours using a similar technique to Painting by Numbers. When this graphic aesthetic was completed Paul drew using Oil Bar cross hatched marks on to the canvas, this was to contrast with the more precise colour, form and shapes.