Surreal, Eerie Portraits by Kristin Freznel
Kristin Freznel’s surreal, eerie portraits are equal parts childlike cartoon styling and elongated, expressionist forms. As a pop-surrealist figurative painter, Kristin tends to focus on female figures, blending intricate attention to detail with distorted figures and colours.
Each of Kristin’s paintings holds an impressive amount of detail – from the way each tendril of hair is rendered smoothly, to the glistening texture of the eyes, it’s clear that the artist possesses great skill with the painted medium. Though the proportions of each figure are heavily distorted and elongated, behind this stylization is an eye for anatomical structures and function.
Kristin works in both traditional and digital painting, working with a similar style in each. The digital medium affords the artist the ability to get even smoother, cleaner lines and a sleeker surface texture. I also really like that Kristin has included some of her sketchbook pieces in her portfolio, allowing the viewer to see some of the less-refined progress. Kristin’s works also make me think a little of Megan Majewski or Zara Spence.