Alice Neel Documentary

A new film on the life and work of portraitist Alice Neel recently debuted at the Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, Greenwich Village. Directed by her grandson Andrew Neel, it documents her troubled, creative life.

At the time Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art were so fashionable that portrait painters were considered nostalgia acts. Ms. Neel spent much of her adult life on welfare and was marginalized until the late 1960s and ’70s, when the counterculture embraced her, and major museums began showing her work.

My love of caricature draws me to her work. I can see elements of the artform in the majority of her later portraits as well as having some influence on the work of Philip Burke (my own opinion).



Hillary...work in progress

...blocking in color and adding her torso to caricature...and detail of her face.


...and Kate as well!

...a quick sketch of Evangeline Lily who plays Kate on "Lost". It's always hard, at least for me, to successfully caricature someone with great physical beauty...and this was no exception!!!


Jack / Lost

A quick sketch of Matthew Fox from lost.


Mrs. C

A preliminary sketch of Hillary in preparation for her digital caricature