The Painted Photograph: Portraits

Artist Statement


“The Painted Photograph – Portraits” explores the abstracted representation of culturally popular film characters.  These artworks abandon traditional painted and photographic approaches commonly associated with portraiture where visual realism is key and facial and/or figurative expression is conveyed. Instead, pictorial “Likeness” is reduced to the subjects’ observed colour within their respective film narrative using sculpted brushstrokes of paint.  The subjects as thus become reintroduced to the viewer as colour caricatures of their original selves

Artist Biography

Judy D Shane is an emerging bachelor of fine arts graduate (Emily Carr University – 2012) based in Vancouver. Shane’s current art practice challenges the space between painting and photography using contemporary digital technologies to create multi-layered photographic composites of individually sculpted strokes of paint. These large scale compositions emphasize three-dimensional realism and materiality and address concepts of mathematical ordering, patterning and repetition. Prior to completing her degree, Shane worked as a visual effects compositor in the film and television industry. Her work has appeared in commercials, episodic television series, video game cinematics, music videos, documentaries and film. She has received nominations for an Emmy award (Best visual effects) (2001), a Gemini award (Best visual effects) (2001) and two Leo awards (Best visual effects in a dramatic series) (2001). She is represented by Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver and Agora Gallery in New York.


Archival inkjet prints on 100% cotton paper. Mounted on Walnut.

24 x 24 inches image size