In his latest series titled Catalyst, Jeff Huntington takes portraits of significant people in history and superimposes them on top of each other. The combinations can be jarring and they add a new level of expression in portraiture. In one painting, Huntington combined the peaceful expression of the Buddha with an injured nurse in agony from a 1925 Sergei Eisenstein Film. Huntington favors depicting people with political or historical significance for these works in order to inject a deeper history into the works.
This latest series is a continuation of Huntington’s exploration of the human condition through portraiture. His prior work featured portraits of his father who suffered from Alzheimer’s. In a series titled Plaques and Tangles, the artist created portraits depicting his father in varying moods of frustration, goofiness, and contemplation. [h/t hifructose.com]