Poteet Victory's ABBREVIATED PORTRAIT series

His first attempt at his Abbreviated Portrait Series is of Marilyn Monroe (see image above left, original painting is 48 x 48). The iconic image of her standing over the subway grate in the white dress and red lipstick was his primary memory. He began to be more and more astounded as he asked others what first came to mind as they thought of one iconic figure or another and consistently, the answer was exactly the same...red and white polka dots for Lucille Ball (see image above right), tan or brown for John Wayne, piercing blue for Paul Newman, etc. He discovered that his thought process reflected findings of studies in the field of neuroscience with regard to how the brain distills people down to the most minimal forms and associated color.
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