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Exaggerated Eyes: Art by Zara Spence


A painting of a woman with purple hair and a literal hourglass figureTime Savers, acrylic on canvas

Zara Spence is an artist who specializes in caricature-esque figures, depicting her subjects in portrait style with exaggerated eyes and facial expressions. Zara’s works seem to draw on a range of influences, from tattoo art to classical portraiture to animation.


A painting of four male figures in a humorous poseImpractical Jokers, Prismacolor and ink on paper

 

I really enjoy Zara’s deliberately stylized compositions, and especially being able to see the evolution of her distinctive style within her overall body of work on her portfolio. I find that Zara’s eyes become the focal point of all her figures – they’re not simply a motif, either, but are customized to suit the real look of each subject, simply magnified to make a certain trait even more visible. Zara uses a more realistic style in some pop-culture portraits, and it’s neat to see that the artist has a great command over straightforward realism as well as her own unique style.


A screen capture of Zara Spence's art websiteZara's art website, Zaratonin

Zara’s stylized portraits are generally bright and cute, with backgrounds and other objects that reflect real life. The figures themselves make me thing of the creepy-cute works of Megan Majewski, with a slight leaning into the uncanny.


A commissioned drawing of a woman and a dogCommission, Prismacolor on paper


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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