This portrait of a young man in a Turkish Cafe is part of a series of studies of the male that aim to show different aspects of the male character. Being of Turkish origin his face shape and features are quite different from Westerner’s features. It reminds me of the face shapes depicted in some Modigliani paintings.
Initially I took a photograph of him in the distance so that he wouldn’t be aware of my presence. His expression is serious and introspective because he was busily engrossed in his work as a waiter in the family business; I have been visiting this restaurant for many years during my travels to Turkey, and have watched the family change, grow and prosper in this time, so he was not a stranger to me. I understand that he is studying film and media and has returned the favour by taking some photos of me with my family.
The photo I originally took was very grainy and pixilated due to the dark conditions and distance from him. I cropped and drew out what I could from the photograph in Photoshop before I could work it up into a small water colour painting.
Size: 20cm x 24cm
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