Intricately Painted Masks by Francesca Profili
Francesca Profili is an artist based in British Columbia. Francesca’s artworks feature intricately painted masks, often combined with natural wood elements in the form of polished and carved branches. Francesca paints each of her masks by hand, creating beautiful and highly detailed landscapes including tiny geographic elements and figures of people and animals.
The amount of detail that Francesca is able to cram onto a single mask is astonishing – and I love her innovative choice of surface. It’s quite interesting how the artist manages to retain distinct features in each of her masks even with detailed paintings dancing across the entire face. The wood details are also quite stunning, in the way that they provide a natural backdrop for the mask while creating a continuation of the story told by the paintings. The polished surface reminds me of the woodwork of Andelko Oliveric.
Francesca produces high quality giclee canvas prints of her sculptures that are available for purchase on her website.