Niels - Oil Print on Canvas - 0.75m x 0.75m signed laubar - 2013
The prescribed title of the work should say it all, but rather than draw a conclusion for the audience, it cleverly raises more questions. It provokes us to think more elaborately about the greater story that may be behind the snapshot captured by the painting. "Has she lost a loved one", "was she stood up by a scoundrel of a lover"... these are just a few questions we may have as we ponder upon the women's seemingly solemn expression. Whether its pity or empathy we feel, Barnard has successfully created an atmosphere for emotional response as we're invited into an intimate relationship with the subject before us. He reminds us that a great portrait isn't so much a duplication of a face on canvas with considerable excellence, but rather the ability to capture what's beneath the surface of appearance.