Westwood Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition which explores the concept of portraiture (both of private individuals and iconic personalities) and how it can be interpreted as a public statement, as well as a documentation of private moments. Further on, portraiture can be manipulated to create an imaginary universe or a template for the manipulation of individual imagery.
The exhibition includes photography and painting. The photographs by Douglas Kirkland document the iconic personality of Coco Chanel in both private and public occasions, while the paintings by Bryan El Castillo explore contemporary identity issues and the pervasive influence of iconic personalities or situations in shaping the individual. On the other hand, the photographs by Gianni Monteleone create familiar but un-real imagery which is the product of the artist and not documentation.