3/18/2016 / by Philip Tarlow

about 2 years ago i was in the thick of my gaze series.it started when i took a closer look at vermeer’s portraits. i realized that he was an even greater artist than i had suspected. he has attained more recognition from a wider audience as a result of the book & film about the girl with the pearl earing.

the original can be found in the mauritshuis, in the hague, netherlands.

i began making collaged paintings using old maps of maine given to me by my friend dan, and acrylic paints. at first, i focused uniquely on vermeer, but then expanded to fayum portraits, portraits based upon photos of 19th c.native americans, and more.

it was a period of great discovery for me. you can view the series here: