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Original: Acrylic on Masonite

I'm not much of a planner.I don't go into a piece with everything mapped out; I just kind of wing it. Sometimes it works. This is one of my favorite portraits. I had this picture of Jamie: he was wearing a baseball cap pulled way down. That was kind of his deal then. You'd always see him walking around like that.

There was this shadow coming down over his face that brought this sort of secrecy into the picture. That was the inspiration. The original photo doesn't have a black background, but once I saw the shadow I had to put black everywhere. I actually started by painting the whole thing black, and then just kind of brought him out of the darkness. I love this because there's this anonymity there, but you still know it's Jamie.

And that's him, that's who he is. It's not like when you see him around he's like, "Hi! I'm Jamie!" He's just super low-key, but still fully in effect. Like a silent fart.

Jamie Lynn Portrait

Matt French

24" x 39.5"
100 limited-edition signed and numbered prints

Archival pigment print on 300gsm cotton rag

$75.00 $269.00

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Matt French


Some people carry within their spiraling DNA strands, a genetic code for creativity. It's passed down from the generations that came before them, and to the ones that follow after. Whether they like it or not.

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