Often referred to as “windows to the soul”, the eyes can tell a lot about who we are and how we feel. Self-taught artist Maldha Mohamed examines the emotional power of a gaze in his immersed oil paintings. She renders close-up views of a single eye and leaves it up to the viewer to find the unspoken feelings latent in the subject’s face.
Using thick, expressive brushstrokes and a limited color palette, Mohamed paints a range of different colors and eye shapes, each with their own story to tell. “The eyes are extremely fascinating. They can tell you a person’s whole story, where they’re from, the things they’ve been through or nothing at all, all at once,” she told My Modern Met. “I think the eyes are the most sincere thing about a person, and I want to create the most sincere art possible. So I thought, why not use the eyes as a subject medium.
Despite painting the same subject over and over again, Mohamed keeps his canvases fresh with subtle changes to each, whether in angle, light or expression itself. Just like people, his pieces are completely individual. “I like to convey subjects as if they were in a constant battle against time, always fleeting,” she explains to My Modern Met. “This is the expression that I would like to capture and create. This is what I want to capture in my art.
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Self-taught artist Maldha Mohamed creates immersive oil paintings of human eyes.
Each is a unique study in form, color and expression.
Mohamed says: “Eyes are extremely fascinating. They can tell you a person’s whole story, where they’re from, the things they’ve been through, or nothing at all, all at once.
Although each painting is of a single eye, they are all unique and display a person’s emotions in a moment frozen in time.
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