The "Ancestors" Series

The Saint Austere, a restaurant in Brooklyn NY, started hosting art exhibitions in the Spring of 2012, and mine was their first solo show. They were fans of my animal/human hybrid portraits, so I decided to create a portrait series specifically designed for the space. The result was this group of "ancestor"-style portraits, meant to invoke the same overbearing, haughty, creepy feeling of those portraits seen hanging in mansions of centuries past (most of these were inspired by favorite high school teachers of mine, not actual ancestors).