Love Pt. 1--Narcissus

To National Portrait Gallery: My work, the first of a triptych of portraits, is inspired by the works and art of Caravaggio. Using the renaissance artist's style of beautiful, mythic subjects illuminated by a soft golden light, I am directly referencing an ancient mode of portraiture with a new media. Through execution, I hope to pay homage to one of the most talented artists of all time while telling myths in my own way. Narcissus, pictured here, is shown seated at his own leisure, one hand firmly on his sword. Clothed in gold and bathed in a soft golden light, his eyes are bound--not only preventing him from seeing (and thus becoming enveloped in) his own reflection, but also blinding him from the outside world and all but his own thoughts.

Lex Voight