The Portrait Doll Series explores the sculptural medium of the doll. JD Beltran first constructed a self-portrait doll, featured in Playing with Myself whereby the doll’s face was painted in oil to more closely resemble her own face. She also constructed a series of other dolls that are painted to resemble subjects in specific oil portraits by the old masters, for example Thomas Gainsborough's Blue Boy, or Diego Velazquez's Infanta Margarita. The dolls and costumes are meticulously handmade and hand sewn, and dressed in the manner of these specific old masters' paintings, but again, portray contemporary subjects. The final artworks are saturated color photographs of these dolls in various poses, and printed in medium and large formats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JD Beltran - Portrait Doll Series

 

 

JD Beltran - Portrait Doll Series

 

JD Beltran - Portrait Doll Series