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Portrait of a Landscape

Michael McWilliams
Acrylic on linen • 150 × 120 cm

Italian artist Guiseppi Arcimboldo (1526 –1593) although not the first, and certainly not the last, is probably the best known of all artists to transform the human face into humorous, fanciful and sometimes grotesque images. As a person who enjoys a visually stimulating environment, taking this approach allows scale to be largely ignored, enables elements of the landscape not often seen together to be connected, and provides the freedom to select a variety of elements without the constrictions of a particular vista or place.