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Pandemic Portraits: Life behind the mask

Is this the new normal? Having to mask and glove up before leaving the safety of our homes? Protecting ourselves from an unseen virus that can be present anywhere other people are gathered?

PBS film forces viewers to confront mortality

On its face, PBS has a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney’s upcoming documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a two-hour film about it.

National Portrait Gallery unveils Obama portraits

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.

Books: Bush showcases art of empathy in ‘Portraits of Courage’

George W. Bush is getting better as a painter. It has been four years since a Romanian hacker named Marcel Lehel Lazar (aka Guccifer) hacked into Bush family email accounts and exposed to the world the former president’s early paintings, including two self-portraits made in the bathroom. Guccifer is now in jail, but Bush is still at the easel and has released a volume of his recent work, portraits of military personnel and veterans who have served the country since Sept. 11, 2001. “Portraits of Courage,” currently No. 1 on the Washington Post best-seller list, includes 66 individual portraits and a foldout reproduction of a four-panel mural. Most of the images are made from photographs, focused on the face and thickly painted with a limited but generally bright palette of colors. Highlights and shadows are strongly emphasized, and Bush lavishes particular attention on the eyes and exaggerates bone structure. A few of the paintings capture their subjects in motion – including Staff Sgt. Scott P. Lilley (who lost a part of his skull in a roadside bomb attack) holding his daughter, and Sgt. Saul Martinez (who lost both legs in Iraq) playing golf. But most of them show the head and face full size, seemingly bursting out of the frame with genuine presence and considerable expressive energy.

White uses his art to release his inner thoughts

The first 21 years of artist Sam White’s life were filled with trials and tribulations. Born in Seattle, White said he grew up in an abusive household; a scar on his hand reminds him every day.

For Art Jacobs, creation is an immersive ‘soul experience’

Art Jacobs’ name suits him. From the depths of his soul, he is an artist. It began at the age of 16 when, without formal training, he created portraits of Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley. They were displayed at a banquet in honor of Black History Month in Dayton, Ohio, and were well-received.