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A selection of Mike Edwards' portraits of family and friends

Adam Deutromite

Adam Deutromite wrote of Mike’s portrait of Ds. A. P. Grobler in the Windhoek Observer, March 1985;

“This is a slightly expressionistic head modelled thick and strong. The head appears Manneristic, with a goatee beard that helps to elongate the face. The bushy eyebrows and protruding forehead throw deep shadows over the eyes, emphasizing them and making them deeper, brooding. On viewing the face from the front, a slight asymmetrical rendering of the cheeks can be seen. This lends two profiles to the face. Seen from the right, the thinner cheek with its vertical hollow that causes a shadow leaves a stern, ponderous impression on that side. On the left profile, where the cheek is fuller, this slight distortion, with the help of the mouth, gives a mischievous, gnomelike quality to the face. Thus two sides of a character are revealed…A formidable work and a remarkable portrait”.

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