Remember when I said that I have a wish list of portrait artists? Well, modern portrait artist Lu Cong has been at the top of the heap for quite a while. He infuses his portraits with a soft glow that is at once ethereal and alien.
His soft palette creates a peaceful atmosphere, juxtaposed with the slightly off-putting direct gaze of the subject. The result is a stunning image of not just the portrait sitter, but of a momentary glimpse into their emotional world.
Eyes wide and lips slightly parted, there is an intense vulnerability captured in these images. Not merely paintings of physical features, but souls laid bare.
Featured image is A Moment With Liza, oil on panel, 24×18. All images are via the artist’s website.