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Old Souls

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Alexandra Dillon

L.A.-based artist Alexandra Dillon paints faces in unexpected places – really unexpected places. She brings new life to old construction and art tools, many donated by other artists. But Dillon isn’t content to merely just elevate the objects. She actually manages to make them seem like precious Baroque relics.

“In my current work, I paint on worn paintbrushes, many which have been donated by other artists. The faces are inspired by Roman mummy portraits, Old Master paintings, and any other source that speaks to me. Each face is unique and not a copy.

“Painting soft faces on the hard tools, like axes and cleavers, underscores our humanity. The intended purpose of each tool, juxtaposed with the portrait, alludes to inner motivations and social roles, The “old souls” on shovels, remind us of mortality and resurrection. Each of my personae has a set of dreams, disappointments, psychology and baggage. In other words, they are us.”

I am really entertained by her witty, beautiful work. It makes me want to pick up a paintbrush… and paint it!

You can follow Dillon’s unexpected art on her website and on Instagram and Facebook.

All images property of Alexandra Dillon.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Old Souls

  1. If the artist gave me one, I am not sure how I would display it. It is beautiful art. I just don’t have the inner vision to see it before I start working on it. Hal

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  2. You just never know where talent will take you.

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  3. I’ve always loved the portraits from Roman Egypt…we really have so little ancient painting preserved that they’re like beautiful gifts from the past, these faces looking upon ours. What a wonderful idea to spread them around in a new (yet old) way!

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  4. These are all such fun! I have seen paintbrushes turned into people before but they were always much more whimsical. These remind me of portraits painted on sarcophagi for some reason.

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  5. Unexpected is right! I think though, somehow, if I had a few of those around, I might start to feel…watched! 😀

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  6. Love these!

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