CAIN CASER: ABSTRACT PORTRAITS
"The paintings have been conceived as portraits. Occupying the gap between figuration and abstraction they exploit the tendency to see faces where none exist and in turn be interpreted according to an individuals own unique visual hierarchy."
I pretty much discovered the work of Cain Caser about 2 days ago. I am pretty aware of what is happening in art and design. So, when I discovered the maturity and energy of Caser's work I was very confused why I have never seen it before or why he isn't more popular. That is art for you! At any case, his Flickr page is endless eye candy.
His work makes you think of so many well-known painters yet the integrity of his work shines above all. When looking at his work on the computer screen, it is very difficult to determine whether his paintings are digital, collage or what. But, after much research they are collaged paintings with mixed media and photocopies as well. Below is a quote from an interview he did with Sick of the Radio.
"As a kid growing up I was obsessed with graffiti. I lived near the end of the Metropolitan line so everything that was going on in London was delivered straight to my doorstep. The people, style, mystery and adventure of it completely fascinated me.By twelve years of age I had started writing graffiti and at sixteen it was dominating my life."