John Reuss' paintings convey an inner turmoil that he believes is a universal daily struggle for everyone, although these feelings manifest themselves differently in each individual.
His dark, brooding paintings feature sombre gray tones and figures with disfigurements and missing body parts. None of the subjects' faces can be seen clearly -- Reuss masks them with a combination of soft, hazy lines and bodies in uncomfortably twisted positions.
The artwork is overlayed with multiple exposures, showing many angles at once. This effect is designed to project the inner turmoils and chaos of Reuss' subjects onto the canvas' surface. Although the feelings of inner turmoil you experience on a daily basis may not be this intense, it is easy to empathize.
Projected Inner Struggle Portraits
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