Andrew Tong Art Facehugger

New Works: Photographics – Papa’s Facehugger

Andrew Tong Art FacehuggerThis is my take on Post-Mortem Photography during the Victorian Era. Post-mortem photography (also known as memorial portraiture or a mourning portrait) is the practice of photographing the recently deceased. These photographs of deceased loved ones were a normal part of American and European culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Commissioned by grieving families, postmortem photographs not only helped in the grieving process, but often represented the only visual remembrance of the deceased and were among a family’s most precious possessions.[1]

I must admit that the father is not deceased yet, but he will be, once the alien bursts through his chest cavity (Alien is one of my favourite movies.). So “Papa’s Facehugger” is actually “Pre-Mortem Photography”…

Very popular from the 1860s until the early 1900s, I have always found these snapshots of other peoples’ lives wonderfully interesting reference material. I have used these photographs again and again over the years.

I love painting with oils, however, this can become a tedious process before the image eventually emerges. Especially, because my work is so detailed. Working with digital collages shows instant results. I still spent a lot of time researching the elements I want to use. Then I move on to fitting them together by blending the tones, but also draw in by hand what is necessary to bring the piece together.

“Papa’s Facehugger”

Digital Collage, Printed and Signed on Fine Art Papers with Archival Inks
Individually Glazed and Aged by Hand, comes in hand-finished frame.
Size: 23×19 cm (38 x 33 cm framed) €225 plus shipping. Please email with questions and purchase inquiries. More framed digital collages

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