Then and Now - Masked Portraits, Vancouver 2022

Richard-Nielsen


Self portrait, 2021

This journey began in March of 2020 when, while filling my apocalypse jerrycans with gasoline, I glimpsed my masked reflection in the service station window. I realized this was the new public face of our indeterminate future. I began asking friends to send me masked selfies to use as the basis for paintings. Working closely with curator Denise Markonish, we assembled more masked selfies from an extended network artists, writers, activists, and cultural workers in the MASS MoCA community. These became the basis for an exhibition of over 50 painted portraits at MASS MoCA. I have continued this work painting masked portraits of communities in LA, and now Vancouver.

The present portraits were based on iPhone selfie-videos collected from the community surrounding my alma mater, ECUAD (Emily Carr University of Art and Design), and includes many former classmates, professors, and friends. Painted in acrylic on paper mounted to canvas, the resulting works are exhibited in a zoom-like grid, serving as a monument to community resilience in the face of these “socially distanced” times.

We stand in solidarity with all people of good will, in affirmation of health, life, and justice for all.

Artist talk event
ECUAD exhibition page

Ameen Dhillon, 2022

Ameen Dhillon, 2022

Ahmad Tabrizi, 2022

Ahmad Tabrizi, 2022

Zoran Dragelj, 2022

Zoran Dragelj, 2022

Val Arntzen, 2022

Val Arntzen, 2022

Tom Wren, 2022

Tom Wren, 2022

Arnt Arntzen, 2022

Arnt Arntzen, 2022

Doug Smith, 2022

Doug Smith, 2022

Connie Sabo, 2022

Connie Sabo, 2022

Debbie Tuepah, 2022

Debbie Tuepah, 2022

Art Perry, 2022

Art Perry, 2022

Brian Thalken, 2022

Brian Thalken, 2022

Beth Snelgrove, 2022

Beth Snelgrove, 2022

Fionna Bowie, 2022

Fionna Bowie, 2022

Geoff Carter, 2022

Geoff Carter, 2022

Ian Verchere, 2022

Ian Verchere, 2022

Ester Nielsen, 2022

Ester Nielsen, 2022

Ian Ross, 2022

Ian Ross, 2022

Ian Vercher

Ian Vercher, 2020

Laurie Papou, 2022

Laurie Papou, 2022

Jules Rochielle, 2022

Jules Rochielle, 2022

Leanne Currie, 2022

Leanne Currie, 2022

Kurt Robertson, 2022

Kurt Robertson, 2022

Kris Jankovic, 2022

Kris Jankovic, 2022

Jack Holmes, 2022

Jack Holmes, 2022

Monique Meese, 2022

Monique Meese, 2022

Mike Nielsen, 2022

Mike Nielsen, 2022

Mike Rees, 2022

Mike Rees, 2022

Paolo Davanzo, 2022

Paolo Davanzo, 2022

Neil Cooke, 2022

Neil Cooke, 2022

Niels Nielsen, 2022

Niels Nielsen, 2022

Scooter Johnson, 2022

Scooter Johnson, 2022

Sean Thompson, 2022

Sean Thompson, 2022

Raymond Heung, 2022

Raymond Heung, 2022

Samantha Burnett, 2022

Samantha Burnett, 2022

Sacha Mumosquish, 2022

Sacha Mumosquish, 2022

Shaun Gleason, 2022

Shaun Gleason, 2022

Shon Midnite, 2022

Shon Midnite, 2022

Shon Midnite, 2022

Shon Midnite, 2022

Self portrait, 2022

Self portrait, 2022