In April 2011, I began a process of painting an image of the Face of Christ. My motivations back in 2011 were mostly technical, being largely concerned with artistic techniques around how to layer oil paint in such a way as to emulate a cloth-like surface and how to lay down an image that might seem to be embedded within a simulated cloth-like surface. The notion of a veil or shroud that contains an image of The Face is a highly resonant concept; it seems to be one of those things that offer the possible against the improbable.
And, as the image progressed over the next six years, I had plenty of time to reflect and to acquire new motivations. The ambition grew to make a series of images that might stand out visually whilst abiding by the tradition of Face images. And also, to make an image that would not be definitive, one that might allow room for the viewer's contemplation. The veiled image facilitates that, it allows a lack of definition like a soft-focus lens.
So now, in 2017, here is the image. Thank you for viewing it............... And, while you're here, you may be interested in other sections that deal with the history of development of the image and some of the reactions to the image from theologians, writers and members of Christian groups on the internet.