Los Angeles-based surrealist artist Alexandra Dillon masterly uses old objects and stuff as canvasses for whimsical Renaissence-like portraits and other figurative paintings. From discarded paintbrushes and clothes to axes, locks, knives, and other kinds of tools and found objects.
My characters come to me the way [they do to] novelists. They show up and tell me who they are. I never quite know who will show up. I work on each piece over the course of several days. They often change and grow into themselves more fully. When I have found the emotion and personality of a character, I know I’m finished. It’s like meeting a new friend every day. I get to paint faces and conjure characters in a way that is more fun than just working on a canvas.Alexandra Dillon