Colin Chillag is a New York based artist who paints these incredible “unfinished” photorealistic portraits of the elderly. Each one of his pieces looks as though Colin decided to step out to lunch or out to the pub before returning to finish the work. However, instead of perfecting them, Chillag allows viewers a glimpse into his process by deliberately revealing all the various steps taken to create his pieces – from pencil sketching, to mixing various colour shade to achieve the final portrait.

Extreme love!

[Images © Colin Chillag, via iGNANT.]

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8 Responses

  1. Alice

    These are absolutely spectacular.
    As a mere viewer of art, it’s really easy to just get caught up in the beauty of a piece. To some extent, I think viewers almost understate the amount of hard work and thought that goes into just one little detail of an amazing work of art.
    These images really help bring the focus back to the process that creates an image, the many layers that lay just beneath the surface.


  2. n

    Amazing how these incomplete portraits actually further emphasise the uniqueness of each of these people; even their skin: not a shade darker, not a shade lighter, not something out of a tube… they could be someone else entirely, but they are exactly who they are

  3. Stephanie

    When we look at older people, we often think that their lives are completed, that there is no room or time left for changes and additions. These portraits make me think about the fact that even older people are ‘unfinished’, that there is still so much more for them to do, explore, grow, learn…….


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