The Simple Life - Oil Print on Canvas - 1.1m x 0.75m
Laurens Barnard's bright colors and whimsical brush strokes consort on canvas to create a winsome portrait of an adorned woman. The style of his work resembles Picasso's use of bold facial structures (particularly seen in the accentuated representation of the nose), and Chagall's soft elongation of bodily proportions. However, Barnard's unique signature can be seen in the final product and execution of his work. With a filmmaking background, his style of portraiture is presented as a candid snapshot rather than as a typically, stiff posed model. The widened exaggerated eyes of the woman hint of a state of reverie and solemn longing.