Hunting Art Prize 2014

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Left: Brushes of Fury” (self-portrait). 2011. Oil on Canvas. 72 by 48 by 2 1/2 inches

Right: Popo. 2012. Oil on canvas. 55 by 45 by 2 1/2 inches

It’s crazy to see the changes within your own work. Early in my practice I have never thought my preferred taste would be what it is today. But it’s so hard to be caught up in the same ole tradition and you start to see everything you’ve been doing in the past wind up becoming boring. I’m still one who likes to push a portrait  and today I’ll use as much paint as I can to sculpt a face as close to the likeness of whoever I’m painting.


Above you’ll see a painting from 2011 and another a year later. Popo made it into the finals for the Hunting Art Prize 2014. The reception is held tonight and there is a selection of one winner out of 100 artist. That one person will receive 50,000 dollars.

Wish me luck.

Michael Villarreal


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