I am so pleased to have 4 new pieces in the upcoming Tiny Show at Studio Gallery in San Francisco.
This is my 5th year in doing this show. All my painting for this show are, well, Tiny. Each portrait is 5"x5". It can be a bit of a challenge to work that small but I actually enjoy it. My usual portrait size is about 9x12.
I decided to go with something new this year...the French Revolution!
Famous and Infamous portraits of 18th Century France.
First off...The Famous.
I was inspired to create these portraits after visiting the Palace of Versailles last year. I found the palace to be truly obnoxious. I couldn't imagine living in such luxury, and self aggrandizement. Honestly, it made me pretty depressed walking around. Having that reaction, I knew I need to paint these two.
Debra Styer, Louis XVI, Last King of France, 2017
Debra Styer, Marie Antoinette, Last Queen of France, 2017
The world finally chose the power of the people over the ruling of King.
Next, the Infamous...
Debra Styer, Portrait of Jean-Paul Marat, 2017
Debra Styer, The Assassin Charlotte Corday, 2017
The Revolution must have also been an exciting/terrible time to live. One of the most intense happenings was the murder of scientist, journalist and political activist Jean-Paul Marat. His murderer, Charlotte Corday, assassinated him at his most vulnerable while he was taking a health bath (he had a a incurable skin disease). Ms. Corday blamed Marat for possibly inciting a violent massacre with his political writing, so she stabbed in the heart. Only to be executed for her crimes four days later.
Both rose to great notoriety in the history of France.
Want to see my portraits in person? Stop by and say hello, and check out my work and the work of over 195 amazing local Bay Area artists!
I will be at the reception on Sunday.
The Tiny show opens today!