Not only striking, but also deep and powerful, that’s maybe the right way to describe Joshua Miels’ work of art. He would spend many hours adding layers on layers of paints to make his piece. Check out his portrait work that’s considered quite contemporary.
Therefore it’s not very exaggerating to call Joshua Miels a contemporary portrait artist. He often tries to capture the susceptibility of people and the emotions that people try to hide from others. As each piece starts with a subject, with a big amount of experimentation, each artwork which is painted with oil paint takes on its own journey from start to finish.
Most of his work challenge viewers to show their own emotions and personal experiences. But his solo Exhibition, In Two Minds explores the expressive condition of mind which we try to protect from people, and how a face is often just a facade. To really comprehend what someone is experiencing can be a hard thing to do. It’s like to look at someone and we have to be able to read their inner emotions.
But a face can showcase a variety of inner state from happiness to sadness as we can be very calm in the most difficult situation if we wear the right mask. In Two Minds tries to explain that the actions and emotion we see to mask inner turmoil and emotional difficulties.
People give a wrong message to show that they are just fine. Male person usually do it. Because men usually have to live up the old fashioned expectations – be tough, be brave, be protective. These things can possibly be unattainable for some people and can be very emotionally damaging. E. E. Cummings says in his poem, “The greatest battle we face as human beings is the battle to protect our true selves from the self the world wants us to be.”
Miels says, “On the assumption that people are being recognized for their face value, we all portray and mask emotions in various ways. I want to challenge this assumption. Through my portraits I aim to express the ambiguity of psychical emotion by limiting what feelings my subjects portray. These large-scale paintings of males, most of who I know personally appear somewhat nonchalant.” Viewers look past what they see at face-value unable to relate directly with human emotions, make people ask the real individual.
Depression and addiction in men with a family record of anxiety have directly shown how they can fool even their closest kin. Actually they have to choose. One is the real-self and the other the way society wants us to be. But choosing which state of mind to be in can be a very hard thing to do. That’s why, usually they are torn between two-minds.
H/T Art People