German/New Zealander Sandro Kopp is a prestigious artist renowned for his distinctive, broad brush stroked oil paintings of friends, family and the famous. His new exhibition Not A Still Frame (Hybrid) features paintings executed in front of the computer during Skype video conversations. His 36 sitters include muse, girlfriend and actress Tilda Swinton, close friend and jewellery designer Waris Ahluwalia and fashion designer Haider Ackermann.
This is a series of paintings executed in front of the computer during skype-video-conversations with the artist’s friends and family sitting for him as models.
The model sits for the entire duration of the painting – usually between 3 and 5 hours.
During the sitting the connection speed may vary, pixelating distortions come and go and are integrated into the resulting work just as are changes in the light or in the expression of the sitter.
John C Reilly