Contemporary Painter Laara Cassells is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From her series ‘_after’.  To see Laara’s portfolio click on any photograph.


Jessica Ford and Lucrezia Panciatichi (after Agnolo Bronzino)


Kate and Ann Barbara Russell (after George Romney)


Kyre and Blowing Bubbles (after Charles Chaplin)


Magali and A Woman in A Fur Collar (after El Greco)


Ksenya and a Portrait of a Woman (after Rogier van der Weyden)


In this series entitled “_after”, historical portraits, ranging from 1460 up to 1907, are integrated with contemporary subjects to create a series of double portraits.  Each is staged and painted in the manner of the original source with the inclusion of a contemporary model who bears an uncanny resemblance to the original sitter.  My models are all interacting with their electronic devices but are not necessarily “intentionally disengaged” as was the case in my previous series “e.strange”.  During the evolution of this series, the live model began to assume a more active role which offered a more theatrical presentation and greater possibilities for an underlying narrative.  Stylistically the paintings are mostly inspired by European society portraits, which, like the modern Facebook page, often present an idealized version of the individual.  I wish to comment on the differences in lifestyle over the centuries despite the enduring similarities in genetics.


Betsy and Princess Anna Gagarina (after Jean-Louis Voille)


Thomas and a Portrait of a Youth (after Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson)


Claire and Doña Isabel de Porcel (after Francisco de Goya)


Jordan and A Woman Removing her Glove (after Ekaterina Rozhdestvenskaya after Alexander Osmerkin)


Lindsay and a Portrait of a Young Lady (after Albert Edelfelt)


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By Laara Cassells