Carlos Gamez de Francisco

Modern Times VI
Acrylic on Canvas
24 x 20 in
"Modern Times VI" is an acrylic-on-canvas painting from a small series by Cuban artist Carlos Gamez de Francisco. Done at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, this series of portraits depicts only the top half of the female subjects' faces to reflect how people see each other while wearing masks. The artist emphasizes the face by depicting the subject's features, specifically their eyes, in precise detail against blank, monotone backgrounds. "Modern Times VI" depicts a young woman with light-brown curls and an ornate antique silver headpiece with beaded embellishments against a solid-blue background. Her face is cut off just above her lip at the bottom of the canvas. The painting also features three large insects, two flying in the space above the subject and one resting on her hair. Francisco includes multiple insects in many of his paintings. Insects flying up represent freedom, insects flying down or falling represent chaos, and insects at rest represent balance between the two.

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