This month’s selection comes from Courtney McKenna, the Clinical Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator at Gateway Arts.
Photography by Melanie Bernier
In this particular series of work, Charles Hurvitz has chosen to focus on the late Audrey Hepburn. Sitting with a photograph, markers and vellum, Hurvitz enthusiastically begins to sing tunes from the musical My Fair Lady. Moving his hand in rhythm with his voice, these portraits become more than drawings; they venture into the realm of performance art.
Each portrait presents a different mood of seemingly different women.
The emotion in Charles’ deliberate marker strokes allows each piece to effectively develop. They become less about Audrey Hepburn, and more about individuals and moments. Charles’ color choice and line placement present to us perhaps a saintly figure, a darkly clad and hidden face, and a woman leaning on a man. Throughout all of these, Charles is able to create spirited images with a haunting energy.
Charles longs for times gone by. He often asks if individuals remember an actor or musician, while remarking “they’re old”. He has successfully given these interpretations of a woman known so well, new life.