Unusual Family Portraits: Do You Have One?

Unusual Family Portraits: Do You Have One?

Gregory Han
Jul 30, 2009

Aaron over at Apartment Therapy New York sent us this hilarious link to a series of famous family portraitures, and they brought flashbacks of seeing some of our childhood friends' family photos and paintings (yes, some actually had family portraits painted and hung over their fireplace). My father was a hobbyist painter, so we had some portraits done, one of my mother which still hangs proudly since my father's passing. Do you have family paintings in the home?

Artist Kirk Demarais, the talent responsible for the works above, describe his own affinity for family portraits as such:

"The family portrait format felt perfect since this type of photography is basically a study in pure affectation. And what's great about them is that the veneer of smiles is always too transparent to disguise the strain, the physical discomfort, the uneasiness, and often the volatile emotions bubbling beneath. Amazing how we don our most painful clothes and stand under all-illuminating heat lamps in a vain attempt to appear natural, happy, and 'at our best.' Then we send this piece of fiction to everyone we know. I vividly recall the agony of being forced to rest my hand on my sister's shoulder for literally minutes at a time!"

Oh the memories. If you'd like to revisit the memories without the agony, you can enjoy the portraits above at Crazy 4 Cult show at Gallery 1988

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