Ben Victor’s practice re-configures traditional portraiture methods, emphasising character over representation. The artist generates work by process of recorded interview, in which questions put to each sitter encourage a deeper understanding of their personality. Photographs taken to capture responses consequently inspire meticulous ink drawings in which the artist may consider the sitter in more depth. Each portrait demonstrates the rigorous analysis of an individual, materialised through the artist’s amalgamation of photographic and hand-drawn images into a single, layered portrait. Coupled with original interview recordings, each portrait challenges the viewer to form their own conclusion on the character of the image.
Untitled (2012) Layered photographic portrait – digital photograph and rotring ink pen drawing, 42x29.7cm