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The International Self Portrait Project

The Internal Self Portrait Project from The Portrait Society of America
Title: 4 Million+
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 20″ x 16″
Creation Date: 24 July 2020

About The International Self Portrait Project

The Portrait Society of America‘s International Self Portrait Project is an online-only contest during the current COVID-19 health crisis, challenging artists around the world to paint, draw or sculpt their quarantine self-portrait.

Click here to view my work and many other self-portraits from so many talented artists.

Why 4 Million+?

On 24 July 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 4 Million+ in the U.S. Hearing the news initiated this self portrait, eventually leading me to paint my left hand to symbolize 4 Million, and to name the painting 4 Million+.

In case you are wondering, the figurative painting painted next to my self portrait is from a life portrait class at the Art Students League of New York. This project was interrupted due to COVID-19 back in March 6th. On March 21st, when there were only 8,403 confirmed cases in New York City, I hung this painting near a window where I paint. I spent whole lot of my time painting and producing during this pandemic with the painting near me, so I was compelled to include it in my self-portrait.

I invite you to view my submission from the competition website below:

https://www.gogophotocontest.com/portraitsocietyofamerica/entries/232350

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500K

Title: 500K
Medium: Oil on Linen
Size: 5″ x 9″
Completion Date: 29 June 2020

More than Half Million patients apparently died from COVID-19. That’s really sad… I heard that news as I was finishing up this small portrait.

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Resources for Artists

Learning to paint for me started gradually when I arrived in New York City. The toughest part, I remember, was knowing where to go. Here are some good places that I know.

NYC Figurative Painting Academy, clubs, and Schools

The Art Students League of New York – Founded by Artists and Supporting Artists Since 1875: The League educates students in the language and process of making art in an environment where anyone who wishes to pursue an art education can realize his or her full potential. 

New York Academy of Art – The New York Academy of Art is a graduate school of fine art focused on progressive representational and figurative art

Spring Studio – Considered by many artists to be the best place to draw in New York City, Spring Studio is a professional art studio offering ongoing life drawing sessions 7 days a week.

The Society of Illustrators – Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.

Salmagundi Art Club – Founded in 1871, the Salmagundi Club is one of the oldest art organizations in the United States. The Club offers programs including art classes, exhibitions, painting demonstrations, and art auctions throughout the year for members and the general public.

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