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Gideon Rubin
Gideon Rubin © Shira Klasmer

Gideon Rubin’s faceless portraits are inspired by photographs from old photo albums, photos of celebrities or paintings by old masters. In examining this material, the artist is seeking the type of narrative that lends itself to interpretation. The artist’s figures are intended to trigger his viewers’ memories, rather than to represent specific identities. Rubin wants the spectator to focus on the painting process, on the medium itself and on a few details, such as the subject’s posture or bearing. Using sandy tones, grey blues and off-whites that he applies with broad brushstrokes, Rubin also applies a little touch of red to emphasise a particular detail. Concentrating on canvas or raw linen and roughly-cut bits of cardboard, Rubin often leaves entire areas of these materials untouched so that these often become an integral part of the work, occasionally bringing motifs and letters already printed into the composition.
Gideon Rubin was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and then at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, where he completed his studies in 2002. He has had numerous international one-man shows and his works are included in private collections in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and beyond. Gideon Rubin lives and works in London.

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