From Oil Paint to Egg Tempera: Portraitures and Still Lifes by Kam Mak
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Kam Mak explores the painting medium, techniques and methodology of egg tempera, a primary method of easel painting used in Italy until after 1500, when it was replaced by the invention of oil painting. Paintings include portraits of the diverse community of Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in addition to traditional still lifes.
My illustration career has spanned 31 years. During this time, I have executed my work almost exclusively in oil paint, and enjoyed great success. Seven years ago, however, I discovered the painting medium and methodology of egg tempera via the work of George Tooker. His work epitomizes the beauty of this medium, and I've been using it exclusively over the last few years. Using egg tempera, I hope to reveal-in my portraiture-the emotional intensity and brute honesty of my subjects. The focus on fruits and the beautiful and vibrant colors exhibited in them is perfectly suited to this medium, as egg tempera will truly bring out each rich and saturated color.
Kam Mak is an award-winning illustrator and art professor residing in New York City. He's had exhibitions at the Smithsonian Postal Museum, the Society of Illustrators Museum and here at BPL, among others. Mak earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
View Kam's interview on SinoVision television.
Kam Mak’s exhibition is supported in part by Fashion Institute of Technology.