David Foster Wallace Portrait

$30.00

  • acrylic on archival drawing paper, 2011
  • signed on reverse (will sign on front at your request)
  • 11″ x 14″, unframed
  • I make each portrait by hand, using my four-color stencil process, separating the image into a series of eight stencils then airbrushing each color from light to dark.
  • artwork ships in a protective sleeve and is flat-packed by hand to prevent folding and curling

10 in stock

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David Foster Wallace Portrait

  • acrylic on archival drawing paper, 2011
  • signed on reverse (will sign on front at your request)
  • 11″ x 14″, unframed
  • artwork ships in a protective sleeve and is flat-packed by hand to prevent folding and curling

I made this portrait of David Foster Wallace by looking at a variety of reference images and then creating a composite likeness from all of those sources. I make each portrait by hand, using my four-color stencil process, separating the image into a series of eight stencils then airbrushing each color from light to dark.

Have you ever loved something that makes people’s eyes roll if they learn that you love it? That describes my love for Infinite Jest, my favorite book. When you love Infinite Jest you risk being identified as someone who is ostentatious about how literary they are or as a torch-bearer for continued white male domination.

The fact is, I just love this book. It is so human, absurd, compassionate, unflinching and told in a voice that genuinely wants to achieve full communication without ambiguity. All in a story where major plot points happen (or don’t happen) off camera.

I actually made this portrait not long after DFW’s death and a good ten years before I read his most well-known novel. I set him in darkness, like a Rembrandt portrait, and now that I’ve read more of his work I feel that this portrait works as a snapshot of who he was, to the degree that I could possibly know that.

Additional information

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 14 in

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