Liquified Rainbow Portraits By Brian Donnelly


Toronto-based artist Brian Donnelly uses turpentine and hand sanitizer to melt the faces of his portraits into rainbow rivers. Inspired by an interest in human identity and vulnerability, Donnelly paints from real life, portraying features of his subjects with realistic precision. He then allows the artworks’ colors to run, distorting the portraits’ faces. Donnelly describes the moment he releases the turpentine onto his canvas as “some days cathartic, other days deep[ly] regret[ful]. It’s a range of emotion, but that is part of the whole thing: my ability to let go allows the work to speak to its limitations.”

All images © Brian Donnelly

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